A Clinical Case from the Archives : 14/07/2005

Sabine Volopich has kindly let me use this great image of a strange corneal lesion in a tortoise. Have you seen anything like this? What could be going on?

White or yellow corneal lesions could be lipid, or cellular infiltrate or scarring but this is a reptile so its going to be a bit different isn’t it?! It seems as though these deposits, seen after hibernation, are proteinaceous in nature. Some slough naturally while others, like this one, require application of a proteolytic ointment like Kymar, which contains alphachymotrypsin. In fact Kymar doesn’t seem to be available these days, so Sabine used alphachymotrypsin from Sigma at about 1mg/ml. Thanks for that Sabine!


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