Week of 12-May-2017

There is an increase in pigs with a swollen mass behind the rear legs, below the anus. It is most frequently located on the side. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?



Correct answer

The unilateral swollen mass in the rear of the hind legs below the anus is a scrotal hernia.

It is thought that it is caused by failed obliteration of the process vaginalis after descent of the testis, or from failed involution at the internal inguinal ring such that it does not close off properly after the testes descend into the scrotum. 

There is some genetic predisposition and some enviromental factors that can lead to an increase of ruptures. Some of those enviromental effects that could have an effect in the rate of hernias can be increased pressure at early age (piglet piling due to handling, cold temperature) or deficient castration technique.

Hernias can affect the growth of the animal, as well as its survival rate and the value of the carcass.

Week of 22-Sep-2017

What is the likely cause of this lesion seen in >10% of lungs in slaughter pigs each week from a breeder feeder farm?

Week of 15-Sep-2017

The ulcer shown is in the preputial diverticulum of an adult boar culled due to persistent haemorrhage in the ejaculate. What is the likely cause?

Week of 08-Sep-2017

This non-fatal scour is seen in piglets from 10 days of age. What is the most likely primary cause?

Week of 01-Sep-2017

Which infectious disease is the most likely cause of the haemorrhages visible on the serosal surfaces of this growing pig which was found dead?

Week of 25-Aug-2017

What is the cause of the liver lesion in this heavily pregnant sow found dead?

Week of 21-Aug-2017

Is there anything strange about any of the pigs in the photo?

Week of 11-Aug-2017

This 6-week-old pig has non-pruritic lesions on the skin. What can it be?

Week of 07-Aug-2017

What is the most likey cause of the lesion seen in a single 10 day old piglet on an outdoor pig unit in January?

Week of 31-Jul-2017

A first parity weaned sow can not hold her weight. It shows poor response to antibiotics and NSAIDS. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?