Jejunal hemorrhage syndrome in dairy and beef cattle



Title Jejunal hemorrhage syndrome in dairy and beef cattle: 11 cases (2001 to 2003)
Author(s) S. M. Abutarbush, O. M. Radostits
Journal The Canadian Veterinary Journal. La Revue Veterinaire Canadienne
Date 2005
Volume 46
Issue 8
Start page 711
End page 715
Abstract The medical records of 11 cattle with jejunal hemorrhage syndrome were reviewed. Female and male, lactating and pregnant, dairy and beef cattle were affected. Decreased feed intake and milk production, reduced amounts of dark feces, and abdominal discomfort were common historical findings. Common clinical findings included depressed demeanor, a "ping" and fluid-splashing sounds over the right abdomen, melena, and distended loops of intestine on rectal palpation. Surgery was done on 7 cases, 10 cases were euthanized, and 1 died. Clostridium perfringens type A was isolated from the intestinal contents from 7 of 7 cases. At necropsy, the characteristic finding was a varying length of a dark purple-red distended jejunum with an intraluminal blood clot. Histologically, there was segmental necrosis, ulceration, and mucosal and transmural hemorrhage of the jejunum. This is a sporadic disease of adult cattle characterized by mechanical obstruction of the small intestines by a large blood clot with a case fatality of almost 100%.
PubMed Central ID PMC1180421

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