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Epitheliogenesis Imperfecta or Defective Skin

(458) This is a condition where the piglet is born devoid of an area of skin. (Fig.10-8). It usually occurs on the legs or flanks. Provided the area is not too large, the skin will gradually heal. If it involves an area of loose skin such as over the flank, local anaesthetic can be injected, the skin edge separated and the two edges sutured using mattress or interrupted sutures. In severe cases however the piglet should be destroyed.

The front leg is a common site.

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