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Scognamillo-Szabó, M. V., Santos, A. L. Q., Olegário, M. M., & Andrade, M. B. (2008). Acupuncture for locomotor disabilities in a south american red-footed tortoise (geochelone carbonaria) - a case report. Acupuncture in medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, 26(4), 243–247. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
BibTeX citation key: ScognamilloSzab2008
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Keywords: Chelonoidis, Chelonoidis carbonaria, Schildkröten = turtles + tortoises, Testudinidae, Untersuchungsmethoden = examination method, Veterinärmedizin = veterinary medicine
Creators: Andrade, Olegário, Santos, Scognamillo-Szabó
Collection: Acupuncture in medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
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Testudinidae Geochelone carbonaria The literature contains numerous reports of the effect of acupuncture on domestic or experimental animals, but only a few involving wild animals. This paper reports on acupuncture treatment for locomotor disabilities in a South American red-footed tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria, SPIX, 1824), an endangered land tortoise found in Brazils Cerrado region. The animal was captured and kept in an aquatic pen, subsequently developing respiratory symptoms and locomotor disabilities. The respiratory symptoms resolved in response to antibiotic treatment. However, despite the use of nutritional supplements, the motor symptoms remained unchanged. After 16 months, the tortoise was given six acupuncture sessions. No other changes were made to its environment or management. The location of the acupuncture points was transposed from canine charts. After acupuncture, the animals motor functions, which had remained unchanged during the preceding 16 months, were restored, enabling it to eat and walk unaided. The improvement persisted during 18 months follow up. The transposition of acupuncture points from canine charts is a viable alternative for chelonians.
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