85 (6) pp 378

Title: 
Postpartum uterine diseases in dairy cows: a review with emphasis on subclinical endometritis
Author(s): 
O. B. PASCOTTINI, G. OPSOMER
Abstract: 

In this review, updated and precise definitions of the most common postpartum uterine diseasesin dairy cows are provided. An aberrant uterine environment at inappropriate stages of thereproductive cycle inflicts damage to gametes and zygotes, impairing the reproductive performanceof dairy cows. This involves major economic losses for the milk production unit. Consequently,an accurate diagnosis of postpartum uterine diseases is indispensable for practitionersto set up a prompt and efficient treatment. This review furthermore emphasizes on the new perspectivesregarding diagnosis and treatment of subclinical endometritis, a highly prevalent uterinedisease that is often overlooked by practitioners while causing major reproductive problems.Based on a more profound clinical understanding of the postpartum uterine disease complex,practitioners will be able to better use the available diagnostic tools and therefore apply a moreefficient therapeutic approach.

Full text: 
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