Abortion Diagnostic Evaluation: Sample Collection in the Field and Submission

Julie T. Cecere, John J. Dascanio

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All equine abortions should be investigated to determine the cause. The cause may be obvious in some cases, such as twins or a twisted umbilical cord. Equine abortions may be categorized into infectious or non-infectious causes. The most common infectious causes of abortion in horses are ascending placentitis and equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) infection, while the most common non-infectious causes of abortion are twins and a twisted umbilical cord. This chapter provides guidelines for a field evaluation of an equine abortion and outline samples to be collected and submitted to a diagnostic laboratory. It summarizes the step by step procedure for the evaluation of the equine abortion. The chapter explains about submission protocols and samples for submission include mare, foal and placenta.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEquine Reproductive Procedures
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781118904398
ISBN (Print)9780470960394
StatePublished - Aug 25 2014


  • Equine abortions
  • Sample collection
  • Submission protocols


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