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Omphalocele in a Red Holstein calf
  1. Matthias Josef Wieland1,2,
  2. Nina Reischer3,
  3. Frederike Reichmann2 and
  4. Sabine Mann4
  1. 1Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
  2. 2Clinic for Ruminants with Ambulatory and Herd Health Services, Center for Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Oberschleissheim, Germany
  3. 3Veterinary Practice, Dr. Kathrin Röhrer, Miesbach, Germany
  4. 4Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Matthias Josef Wieland, mj.wieland{at}web.de

Abstract

A newborn, female Red Holstein calf was referred because of a hairless mass detected in the umbilical region by the owner immediately after birth. The umbilical mass was found to be an omphalocele containing parts of the small intestine, abomasum and liver. Surgical repair of the omphalocele was performed. Recovery of the calf was uneventful. This case highlights the clinical findings and surgical treatment as well as the importance of the initial first care and handling of newborns with a case of omphalocele. Knowledge about this birth defect is of great importance to the veterinarian as providing correct advice to the farmer when possible omphalocele is reported will improve the prognosis.

  • Abdominal
  • Calves
  • Clinical practice
  • Surgery
  • Received February 26, 2014.
  • Revision received April 5, 2014.
  • Accepted April 14, 2014.

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  • Received February 26, 2014.
  • Revision received April 5, 2014.
  • Accepted April 14, 2014.
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