Fossa-cranii-media-Abszess-Syndrom bei einer Zuchtsau

Translated title of the contribution: Middle fossa abscess syndrome in a sow. A case report

S. Elicker, K. Matiasek, S. Zöls, W. Schmahl, M. Ritzmann, K. Heinritzi

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Objective: Diagnostic evaluation of a somnolent sow with permanent opened mouth. Material and methods: A sow from a pig producing herd of 80 sows was presented at the Clinic for Swine, Ludwig- Maximilian University of Munich and investigated clinically, by laboratory analysis and morphologically. Results: The sow was in a moderate state of nutrition and showed a pronounced somnolence, atonic ears as well as atonic mandible. The reflex of the dewclaw, interdigital space of all four limbs and anal reflex were maintained. Skin perception of body and limbs was present. However, the skin perception of the head except the exterior of the auricles was absent. Also the lid-, corneal- and pupillary reflex were lost. Serological examination did not indicate pseudorabies, classical swine fever, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome or an infection with Leptospira spp. Conclusion and clinical relevance: Middle fossa abscess syndrome is a rarely observed disease pattern in swine and usually concerns only single animals. As soon as first clinical symptoms occur a therapy is not successful in most cases due to substantial destruction of the hypophysis.

Translated title of the contributionMiddle fossa abscess syndrome in a sow. A case report
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)98-101
Number of pages4
JournalTierarztliche Praxis Ausgabe G: Grosstiere - Nutztiere
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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