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Table 4 Descriptive statistics by primary diagnosis category for 96 post mortem examined sows/gilts

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

     Type
of death*
Average
Aetiology PAD1 category n Prop
(%)
1 2 Parity
nr2
Weight
(kg)
Back-
fat
(mm)
Body
score3
(1–5)
Trauma n = 15 (15.6%) - fracture 10 10.4 0 10 2.1 186 13.7 2.9
  - miscellaneous 5 5.2 4 1 1.6 210 19.3 2.8
Disease n = 76 (79.2%) - arthritis4 35 36.4 0 35 1.9 164 15.6 2.6
  - osteochondrosis 13 13.5 0 13 2.1 185 10.9 2.9
  - abscess in spinal cord 7 7.3 0 7 3.7 210 19.2 3.0
  - circulatory/cardiac failure 4 4.2 4 0 0.8 157 25.5 3.0
  - heart/lung infl. react. 3 3.1 3 0 3.3 207 16.7 2.0
  - gastrointest. infl. react. 5 5.2 2 3 2.6 200 21.5 2.8
  - miscellaneous 9 8.3 1 8 1.6 180 13.3 3.0
Unknown n = 5 (5.2%)   5 5.2 3 2 3.6 245 23.8 3.0
  1. *Type of death 1 = found dead, 2 = euthanised
  2. 1 PAD = pathological-anatomical finding,
  3. 2 includes also gilts (parity 0)
  4. 3 body score using a 5-grade scale (1 = cachectic; 3 = normal; 5 = obese).
  5. 4 includes also 1 case of arthritis caused by trauma
  6. Data were collected from January 22 to September 4 2006 from a large Swedish herd.