An adult female West African mud turtle (Pelusios castaneus) that had been acquired as part of study on
the digestive anatomy on the P. castaneus presented mild signs of anorexia that had persisted for a week.
On radiographic examination of the digestive tract using Barium sulphate contrast agent, a normal study
was observed but an area of contrast coating remained at the region of the duodenum following excretion
of the contrast agent. The digestive tract was isolated and gross examination of the coated area revealed
areas of ecchymotic hemorrhage and ulcers in this turtle. With not much scientific research available on
this wildlife species, this case of a gastrointestinal tract abnormality is probably the first report of a
digestive tract pathology seen in this tropical fresh water turtle.
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