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Successful Obstetrical Management of Fetal Ascites in a Full Term Holstein Friesian Cow – A Case Report

K.Prabhakar Rao, B.Prakash Kumar and P.Ramesh

Veterinary Clinical Complex, College of Veterinary Science, Garividi, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Andhra Pradesh

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal November 2020: 97 (11) - pages 42 to 44
(Received: August, 2021, Accepted: October, 2021)


A full term Holstein Friesian cow in its 4th lactation was presented to the college clinic with the history of difficulty in parturition, anorexia and dullness for 36 hours. Per vaginal examination revealed posterior presentation, bilateral hip flexion and presence of tail and anus of the fetus with absence of the anal reflex. Careful examination of the fetus revealed severe distension of the fetal abdomen hence the case was confirmed as dystocia due to fetal ascites. Bilateral hip flexion of fetus was relieved by standard obstetrical procedure. About 12 litres of fetal ascetic fluid was drained through the incision and fetus was relieved by applying gentle traction

Key Words: Ascites, Cattle, Fetal defects, Obstetrical Management

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