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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1989 Jan 15;194(2):263-4.

Campylobacteriosis in an aborted equine fetus.

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  • 1Department of Veterinary Science, College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky, Lexington 40511.


Abortion caused by Campylobacter fetus subsp fetus was diagnosed in a 7-month-old equine fetus. The fetus was small for its gestational age. Macroscopically, the proximal portion of the small intestine was hemorrhagic and its wall was thick. Histologically, the Brunner glands were distended with neutrophils, and the submucosa was thick, owing to fluid accumulation and/or cellular infiltrates. Curved bacteria were observed in the Brunner glands and intestinal glands. Campylobacter fetus subsp fetus was isolated from stomach contents, liver, and lungs, and was detected by dark-field microscopic examination of ocular fluid and stomach contents. Placenta was not available for examination.

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