Consists of the partial or complete eversion of one or both uterine horns.
Alternative names: Prolapse of the uterus
It involves the partial or complete eversion of one or both uterine horns and usually occurs within 2-4 hours after ending farrow. Prolonged efforts during farrow make a small part of the uterus to be pushed out by uterine contractions.
- Prolapse occurs within about an hour and begins with the appearance of the redness mucosa of the uterus.
- This mass increases rapidly in size until it comes out.
Piglets, nursery and fattening
- Not present.
Causes / Contributing Factors
- Uterine prolapses are rare. They usually occur in older sows with large litters or that give birth to very big piglets.
- Structures that hold the uterus become weak or uterine wall becomes flaccid.
- Estrogenic mycotoxins have been related to this condition.
- It is based in clinical condition.
- The treatment consists in introducing the uterus inside the sow. This is often impossible or sow dies due to internal hemorrhage.
- In most cases the sow should be culled for animal welfare reasons.
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