Die zerebrale Manifestation der Maulbeerherzkrankheit beim Schwein

Translated title of the contribution: Central nervous manifestation of mulberry heart disease in pigs

Birgit Stierstorfer, Matthias Müller, Walter Hermanns, Wolfgang Schmahl

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The mulberry heart disease of the pig represents a disease with major manifestation at the heart, primarily affecting young animals. Apart from the characteristic haemorrhagic appearance of the heart, current investigations on two piglets suffering from this microangiopathy show that the brain can be affected, too. Histopathological findings include marked alteration of the small cerebral blood vessels being most commonly located in pons and midbrain. Vessel walls show fibrinoid degeneration, necrosis or infiltration with pleomorphic cells. Perivascular haemorrhages can be found and sometimes clear PAS-positive changes of the vessel wall as well as perivascular droplets occur. The vessel lumina are frequently partially or totally obliterated by thrombi, and as a consequence large areas of malacia are found in brain parenchyma. Aetiology and pathogenesis of mulberry heart disease are discussed.

Translated title of the contributionCentral nervous manifestation of mulberry heart disease in pigs
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)187-191
Number of pages5
JournalWiener tierarztliche Monatsschrift
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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