2004 Image Interpretation Session - Case 7

Signalment: "Spooky", Florida Soft Shell Turtle, F (intact), 2 years

History: 1 month history of passing frank blood in feces and passage of fecal casts. This pet turtle lives inside the owner's home in a specially designed enclosure including a large pond. Spooky eats white fish filets from the deli, which he continues to enjoy despite his current problem. Spooky occasionally also eats crickets as a treat.

Physical Exam: NSF. Some staining around cloaca.

Clincal Pathology
  Test Result Ref Units
CBC WBC 7.5 (3-8) 1000/ul
  Blood parasites None    
  Heterophils 99 (40-60) %
  Heterophils (abs.) 7425 (1800-6100)  
  Lymphocytes 1 (40-60) %
  Lymphocyte (abs.) 75 120-2140)  
  Eosinophils 0 (0-1) %
  Thrombocyte est. Adequate    
  Hct 5 (23-35) %
Chemistry Panel SGOT 544 (10-80) IU/L
  Total Protein 0.4 (3.3-5.5) g/dl
  Phosphorus 1.1 (5-8) mg/dl
  Calcium 7 (8-13) mg/dl
  Glucose 10 (40-120) mg/dl
  Sodium 125 (130-150) mEq/L
  Potassium 4.2 (2-5.5) mEq/L
  Chloride 69 (90-120) mEq/L
  CPK 4234 (<400) IU/L
  Uric Acid 0.2 (2-7) mg/dl

Available Studies:

  • Plain films
  • Upper GI study (barium solution)