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Arthritis

See also Lameness.

(406) Arthritis is common in the growing pig and if a problem exists it is necessary to identify the organisms or diseases responsible, by post-mortem and bacteriological examinations. The following need to be considered as possible causes: (* common)

  • Brucellosis (in countries where this exists)
  • Glässers disease (Haemophilus parasuis) *
  • Erysipelas *
  • Mycoplasma arthritis (Mycoplasma hyosynoviae infection) *
  • Leg weakness, Osteochondrosis (OCD) *
  • Streptococcal infection *
  • Trauma
In the weaned and growing pig erysipelas, M. hyosynoviae and OCD are the most common causes but in many cases the only clinical symptoms will be lameness. It is necessary therefore to consider arthritis under the general heading "lameness" and if you have a problem refer to this section to help identify the cause and then consider the specific diseases.

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