Journal of
Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health

  • Abbreviation: J. Vet. Med. Anim. Health
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2529
  • DOI: 10.5897/JVMAH
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 415

Article in Press

Surgical management of umbilical abscess and subsequent hernia in a three-month-old cross breed piglet: a case report

Terhemen Festus Swem*, Solomon Tsekohol Agu1, Andrew Aondowase Amine2

  •  Received: 27 November 2020
  •  Accepted: 14 January 2021
Here reported, is a case of umbilical abscess which later resulted in umbilical hernia in a 3-month-old Duroc and Landrace cross weaner female Piglet at a private piggery at Agber village, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. A little swelling was noticed at 4 weeks of age and was observed to be increasing in size with time. The swelling which was soft, warm and painful, was thought to be umbilical hernia initially, but hernia ring was absent. A clean needle biopsy indicated a chronic abscess which was drained by making a small incision on the swelling. A week after, it was reported to have relapsed. On physical examination, a hernia ring was observed on palpation with no purse. The hernia was corrected surgically under ketamine and lidocaine anaesthesia. The pig recovered without complication or relapse, 2 weeks post-operation.

Keywords: Umbilical hernia, Abscess, Pig, Surgical correction.