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Subspectacle abscessation, snake
Subspectacle abscessation, snake

Subspectacle abscessation in a Burmese python at presentation (left) and immediately after spectacle incision to facilitate drainage. Subspectacle abscessation is well documented in snakes. Retained eye caps and subsequent damage is often the initiating cause. Surgical drainage, ensuring patency of the lacrimal duct, and topical antibiotics on the exposed cornea are important for successful treatment. The spectacle heals during ecdysis.

Courtesy of Dr. Stephen Divers.