Heart (porcine)

An (atypical) case of PDNS that set off the alarms


Samples were submitted of a 6-month-old hybrid male pig carcass with widespread petechial haemorrhagic lesions of lymph nodes, skin, kidneys, spleen, and other viscera, as well as gallbladder oedema. (more…)

Haemorrhages in a pig carcass: Don’t panic!

With the recent detection of cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild boars in Belgium, anyone can see that there is a certain risk of introduction of this disease into our territory. Also Classical Swine Fever (CSF) might be introduced. Therefore it is essential that all the actors involved in the pig sector are trained and alert. Two essential aspects for the control of these diseases are biosecurity and a good system of passive surveillance that ensures an early diagnosis.


Any given day in a porcine slaughterhouse


Last Friday, July the 6th we organized a practical workshop on lesion identification and description for porcine slaughterhouse official meat inspectors. To do this, we went to two pig slaughterhouses in Osona to collect condemned viscera. (more…)

African Swine Fever lesions


The African Swine fever (ASF) virus is already present in Europe (see the post African swine fever, not only an African disease). Since there is a chance that the virus ends up reaching our latitudes, in this post, we wanted to review some of the typical lesions that that should elicit a suspect a case of ASF in the slaughterhouse. (more…)

Cor villosum in a sow


A one year old cross breed sow presented an increase in size of the heart. When opening the pericardium the presence of abundant fibrinous material organized forming villus-like projections was observed. (more…)

Red nodule in the atrioventricular valves of a pig


In a mixed-breed 5 months old pig we see a reddish nodular lesion of 0.5 cm in diameter was observed in the atrioventricular valves. (more…)

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