Table 3

Necropsy findings in diarrhoeic and non-diarrhoeic piglets
Necropsy findings Diarrhoeic Non-diarrhoeic P-value1
n=51 n=50
(%) (%)
General findings
Poor body condition 57 4 < 0.0001
Dehydration 29 2 < 0.0001
Empty stomach 0 12 1
Small intestine
Flaccidity 73 20 < 0.0001
Hyperaemia of serosa 6 0 0.2
Striping of serosa 2 0 1
Edema in mesentery 4 4 1
Enlargement of lymph nodes 18 16 0.9
Dullness/ necrosis of mucosa 8 8 1
Watery contents 57 30 0.01
Large intestine
Flaccidity 53 6 < 0.0001
Edema in mesentery 39 20 0.06
Enlargement of lymphnodes 4 2 1
Liquid contents 48 10 < 0.0001

1: One-sided Fisher’s exact test. Findings having a statistically significant positive association with diarrhoea are presented in bold.

Kongsted et al.

Kongsted et al. BMC Veterinary Research 2013 9:206   doi:10.1186/1746-6148-9-206

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