In a hybrid breed pig carcass, of about 5 months old, dermal lesions were seen on the skin of the limbs and on the ventral region. The lesions were elevated, not erythematous, plate-shaped, of approximately 0.5 to 1 cm in diameter and confluent.

The distribution of these lesions is suggestive of contact dermatitis to the meat inspectors.

Histopathological examination of the lesion is difficult because of the artifacts caused in the epithelium due to the carcass scalding, however the presence of an intense perivascular inflammatory infiltrate with abundant eosinophilic polymorphonuclear leukocytes was observed.

These findings are relatively unspecific but are compatible with contact dermatitis. The presence of eosinophils may also be associated with ectoparasites either insect bites or other skin parasites. Finally it might also be a hypersensitivity (allergy) but it would not be the case when many animals are affected at once (in the images of the secon case 35 animals from a batch of 152 were affected).

In cases such these ones, blood resorption is usually seen in lymphnodes.

Skin lesions affecting the limbs and the ventral part of the carcasss.

Case 1: Skin lesions affecting the limbs and the ventral part of the carcasss.

Another suspected case of contact dermatitis in the skin of the ventral region and in the rear limbs. In this case, pigs reached the slaughterhouse in a very dirty condition. One hypothesis is that prolonged contact with feces and purines has caused these lesions.

Case 2: Another suspected case of contact dermatitis in the skin of the ventral region and in the rear limbs. In this case, pigs reached the slaughterhouse in a very dirty condition. One hypothesis is that prolonged contact with feces and purines has caused these lesions.

Picture of the same case where the lesion is seen on the ventral part of the caracass.

Case 2: Picture of the same case where the lesion is seen on the ventral part of the caracass.