Surgical management of umbilical masses in calves


  • A. M. Trent Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN



calves, calf diseases, Inflammation, Surgery, Umbilical hernia, Umbilicus, Young animals


Umbilical masses in calves are commonly encountered by bovine practitioners. They may vary in size from a small, discrete swelling to an extremely large mass. A mass at the umbilicus represents one of two basic situations: herniation or inflammation. A simple hernia is characterized by its reducibility, lack of pain on palpation, and the presence of a hernial ring. Inflammation (or infection) may be localized to the umbilical opening alone, or extend to involve intra-abdominal umbilical cord remnants. Both hernial and inflammatory components can be present in a single umbilical mass. In these cases the mass may be partially reducible, but will also have a component which is non-reducible. Unlike pigs, calves rarely incarcerate their hernias unless a significant inflammatory component is already present; therefore, any mass which is not completely reducible should be considered to have an inflammatory component.




How to Cite

Trent, A. M. (1987). Surgical management of umbilical masses in calves. The Bovine Practitioner, (22), 170–173.




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