Treatment of a degloving lesion in a green bush rat snake (Gonyosoma prasinum) with surgical approach and single application of Thrombocyte-Leukocyte-Rich Plasma (TLRP)

A one-year-old green bush rat snake (Gonyosoma prasinum) was presented for a severe degloving lesion in the cervical region, exposing the underlying subcutaneous and muscular tissue, along with the oesophagus and right jugular vein. After patient stabilization, surgical debridement was performed. Before closure, the wound was irrigated with heterologous Thrombocyte-Leukocyte-Rich Plasma (TLRP) in order to adjuvate wound healing. Thirty days after treatment the patient shed its skin, revealing complete re-epithelialization underneath. No significant reduction in healing time was noted but TLRP may have contributed to avoid common complications such as suture dehiscence and wound site infection. Platelet-rich products are widely used to promote wound healing in human and veterinary medicine; literature is still lacking, but such products are revealing themselves as safe and promising tools in exotic animal regenerative medicine as well, and their application in reptile traumatology should be further investigated.

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  • Authors: 1 Vetere A., 2 Bardi E.
  • Authors note: 1 Ambulatorio Veterinario Ferlini, Millefanti, 20082 Gaggiano | 2 Dipartimento di Medicina Veterinaria, Facolt√† di Medicina Veterinaria, Universit√† degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria 10, 20133 Milano
  • Year: 2020
  • Reference: Veterinaria Year 34, n. 2, April 2020
  • Pages: 93 - 98
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