Ectopia Cordis

Cervico-pectoral Ectopia Cordis in Two Holstein Calves

Two Holstein calves affected with cerv ico-pectoral ectopia cord is, a male (No. 1)delivered stillborn and a female (No.2) died I hour after birth, were examined macroscopically and radiographically to assess the sever ity and elucidate the teratogenesis of the anomaly. The heart of one calf was covered by the intact pericardium and skin and displaced to the cauda lmost portion of the ventrocervical region, j ust cranial to an enlarged thoracic inlet. The cranial vena cava and the vena azygos were dupli cated.

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