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Vet. Res.
Volume 34, Number 1, January-February 2003
Page(s) 47 - 56
How to cite this article Vet. Res. (2003) 47-56
Vet. Res. 34 (2003) 47-56
DOI: 10.1051/vetres:2002060

Left displacement of the abomasum in dairy cattle: recent developments in epidemiological and etiological aspects

Steven C.L. Van Winden and Rogier Kuiper

Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Farm Animal Health, Yalelaan 7, 3584 CL, Utrecht, The Netherlands
(Received 20 June 2002; accepted 27 August 2002)

The research with respect to displacement of the abomasum (DA) in dairy cattle is reviewed. Evaluated articles describe epidemiological and experimental studies. The occurrence is elevated with regard to breed, gender, age, concurrent diseases, environmental aspects and production levels as contributing factors and emphasis is placed on the effects of nutrition and metabolism. Reviewing the experimental work, distinction is made between the research into gas production in the abomasum and hypomotility of the abomasum, since both represent presumed pathways in the development of DA. Although the different fields of research have positive contributions to the understanding of the pathogenesis of DA, contradictions in the different studies are present. This is partly due to extrapolation of results from sheep to cows, or because of a low number of cows in the experiments. Finally, general suggestions are made for further research in the field of the pathogenesis of DA.

Key words: abomasal displacements / risk factors / etiology / review

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