Use of a supraplastron approach to the coelomic cavity for repair of an esophageal tear in a loggerhead sea turtle

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2003 Aug 1;223(3):353-5, 311. doi: 10.2460/javma.2003.223.353.


A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) was referred for removal of a fishhook lodged in the coelomic portion of the esophagus. Attempts at manual and endoscopic extraction were unsuccessful and resulted in a 6-cm tear in the coelomic portion of the esophagus. A supraplastron approach was made to the coelomic cavity, allowing access to and repair of the esophageal tear. The turtle recovered well and was able to be released to the wild. The surgical approach was associated with less trauma and shorter healing and rehabilitation times, compared with traditional plastron osteotomy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Esophagus / injuries*
  • Esophagus / surgery*
  • Foreign Bodies / complications
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery
  • Foreign Bodies / veterinary*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Turtles / injuries*
  • Turtles / surgery*