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This is a tumour affecting all the lymph glands throughout the body but particularly those of the intestines and lungs. The condition is very occasionally seen in the Large White where a hereditary component is thought to be involved.

Reported levels of lymphosarcoma found at slaughter are extremely low (0.002%).


  • N/A
Sows, Weaners & Growers
  • These are usually seen in young growing pigs.
  • Pale skin.
  • Sometimes slightly jaundiced.
  • Loss of weight.
  • Pot bellied appearance - abdomen distended.
  • Enlarged glands may be seen in the neck.
  • Most pigs die within 4-5 months.

Causes / Contributing factors

  • Unknown but thought to be associated with a virus and genetic predisposition.


This is based on clinical tests confirmed by post mortem examinations.


  • None - Destroy affected pigs

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