87 (3) pp 115

Title: 
Ascending placentitis in the mare
Author(s): 
J. GOVAERE, K. ROELS, C. VERVERS, M. VAN DE VELDE, V. DE LANGE, I. GERITS, M. HOOGEWIJS, A. VAN SOOM
Abstract: 

Ascending placentitis in the mare, which affects 3 to 7% of pregnancies, is a common cause ofabortion, premature birth and delivery of compromised foals (Troedsson, 2003; LeBlanc, 2010).Since the infection ascends from the caudal genital tract, the first and most distinct lesions areseen near the caudal pole area of the allantochorion adjacent to the cervix.The symptoms are not always obvious or will be exhibited only at a later stage of the diseaseprocess, which renders timely adequate treatment difficult. Moreover, experimental models ofplacentitis in the mare are difficult to maintain and double-blind, controlled studies are scarce,making it hard to formulate clear science-based advice. In this paper, the diagnosis is discussedon the basis of the symptoms, the ultrasound examinations and the endocrinological parameters,and the therapeutic and prognostic considerations are evaluated.

Full text: 
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