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Sheep and goats
Clinical, ultrasonographic and postmortem findings in a goat with abscessation of the mesenteric lymph nodes
  1. Ueli Braun1,
  2. Monika Hilbe2,
  3. Karl Nuss3 and
  4. Theresa Tschoner4
  1. 1Department of Farm Animals, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  2. 2Institute of Veterinary Pathology, Vetsuisse Faculty, Zurich, Switzerland
  3. 3Farm Animals, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  4. 4Department of Farm Animals, Vetsuisse Faculty, Zurich, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ueli Braun, ubraun{at}


This case report describes the clinical, ultrasonographic and pathological findings in a 4.5-year-old Grisons striped goat with abscessation of the mesenteric lymph nodes. The goat had a poor appetite, tense abdomen and reduced ruminal motility. There was neutrophilic leukocytosis, and a serological test for Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis was positive. Abdominal ultrasonography in the right flank revealed multifocal, circular to oval masses with a diameter of 4–7 cm, heterogeneous content and irregular cavitation. Diagnostic laparotomy revealed multiple mesenteric abscesses. The goat was euthanised, and a diagnosis of severe, multifocal, purulent lymphadenitis involving the mesenteric lymph nodes was made. The onion-ring appearance of the abscesses and the creamy white to green pus suggested caseous lymphadenitis.

  • Goat
  • Abdomen
  • Ultrasonography
  • Abscess
  • Mesenteric lymph node
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