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Hepatic Necrosis and Degenerative Myopathy Associated with Cassava Feeding in Pigs



Hepatic Necrosis and Degenerative Myopathy Associated with Cassava Feeding in Pigs



Journal of Veterinary Medicine 2014: 584945



Forty-three deaths were recorded among pigs fed boiled cassava meal at a private piggery over a period of two years. There were signs of sudden death in some cases with blood exuding from the external nares, vomiting, muscular weakness and pain or reluctance to move, emaciation, and stunted growth. The necropsy lesions included skeletal and cardiac muscle degeneration and necrosis, icterus, hepatic necrosis, and oedema of the dependent parts. The deaths and clinical signs are thought to be due to a non cyanide toxic principle in cassava, possibly the coumarins (scopoletin), which is found in high levels in cassava diet even after heat treatment. Therefore, the use of proper processing technology to obtain cassava products of high quality is recommended.

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DOI: 10.1155/2014/584945


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