A retrospective study of hepatic abscesses in goats: Pathological and microbiological findings

J. Santa Rosa, E. H. Johnson, F. S F Alves, L. F L Santos

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Post-mortem examination of 658 goats showed that 17 (2·5%) exhibited hepatic abscesses. The following bacteria were isolated: Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis (58·9%), Eschenchia coli (11·8%), Corynebacterium sp. (11·8%), Pasteurella haemolytica (5·9%), Proteus sp. (5·9%) and Staphylococcus aureus (5·9%). Hepatic abscesses occurred more frequently in adult animals. Eleven of the 17 goats (64·7%) were older than 12 months of age. Four goats (23·5%) were 12 months of age and only two (11·8%) were less than 1 year of age. All of the goats with hepatic abscesses were in poor nutritional condition and the abscesses were invariably associated with accompanying pathological disorders at other body sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Veterinary Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989


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