Fetal Disease and Abortion: Diagnosis and Causes

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Reproductive failure is a significant problem in breeding management that arises from physiological, anatomical, inherited, and infectious causes. Fetal loss in a herd may be divided into four epidemiologic presentations, which include (i) baseline losses, (ii) endemic losses that exceed baseline and occur consistently and chronically, (iii) epidemic losses characterized by high losses in a specific time frame, and (iv) fetal losses that are confused with conception failure or neonatal losses. Mummification is the process of progressive dehydration and compaction of a sufficiently mature dead fetus in utero. Causes of abortion include embryonic death, meconium and arthrogryposis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBovine Reproduction
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9781118833971
ISBN (Print)9781118470831
StatePublished - Nov 3 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Abortion diagnosis
  • Fetal disease
  • Herd
  • Mummification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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