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Table 3 Descriptive statistics by reproductive stage for 96 post mortem examined sows/gilts found dead or euthanised

From: Post mortem findings in sows and gilts euthanised or found dead in a large Swedish herd

Reproductive stage Type of death Most common PAD1 category
Unmated gilts
(n = 14) 14.6%
Found dead (n = 3) 21% Circulatory/cardiac failure (n = 3)
  Euthanasia (n = 11) 79% Arthritis (n = 8)
Weaning to service
(n = 23) 24.0%
Found dead (n = 1) 4% Heart/lung inflammatory reaction
  Euthanasia (n = 22) 96% Arthritis (n = 8)
   Fracture (n = 6)
   Osteochondrosis (n = 4)
< 28 d gestation
(n = 10) 10.4%
Found dead (n = 0) -
  Euthanasia (n = 10) 100% Arthritis (n = 4)
   Fracture (n = 2)
≥28 d gestation2
(n = 36) 37.5%
Found dead (n = 9) 25% Not established (n = 3)
   Heart/lung inflammatory reaction (n = 2)
   Trauma miscellaneous (n = 2)
  Euthanasia (n = 27) 75% Arthritis (n = 10)
   Osteochondrosis (n = 4)
   Abscess in spinal cord (n = 4)
With litter
(n = 13) 13.5%
Found dead (n = 4) 31% Gastrointestinal inflammat. react. (n = 2)
   Trauma miscellaneous (n = 2)
  Euthanasia (n = 9) 69% Arthritis (n = 5)
   Osteochondrosis (n = 3)
  1. 1 PAD = pathological-anatomical diagnosis
  2. 2 includes 12 inseminated gilts
  3. Data were collected from January 22 to September 4 2006 from a large Swedish herd.