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autopsy pictures

Postby milkmaid » Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:42 am

Since you've opened this post even after reading the title, I suppose there's no need to warn you these pictures are a bit graphic. :lol2: :P

Normal internal organs

3-4 week old calf

Heart
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Lungs (lobed; 4 on the right side, 3 on the left side) -- note that lungs should FLOAT in water
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Stomach (cow has one stomach composed of 4 chambers, NOT four stomachs)
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Liver (lobed)
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Gallbladder (yellow fluid is called bile, released into intestine and contains bile salts which assist in the breakdown of fats)
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Kidney (bovine kidneys are lobed, have 15-25 lobes according to the anatomy book)
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Spleen
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Uterus (note that this is a CALF -- ovaries in a cow are only slightly larger but the rest of the reproductive tract is some 4-5 times this size)
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I'll get more normal pictures over time and update this thread as I have the opportunity to do so.

Abnormal parts

Joint infection in a calf (just happens to be the one above :P)
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Peritonitis in a fresh cow... a reminder to be careful not to go through the uterine wall when infusing cows with uterine infections. This cow's entire abdominal cavity was filled with uterine fluids and placental membranes; was a foul smelling mess. The omentum is part of the abdominal membrane that encloses the intestines (I'm told it also provides support).
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Another deadly result of infusing a fresh cow -- low doses of oxytetracycline can safely be used to infuse a cow with a uterine infection, but more is NOT always better! This cow was infused with over 250mLs of oxytetracycline 200mg/mL. The result is a nasty uterine abcess that repeatedly broke open and drained into the abdominal cavity, causing a chronically sick cow and excessive tissue around the reproductive tract. Two months after initial infusion the abcess was the size of a football (according to my vet), when the cow was put down it was the size of a baseball. Normal color for a mature cow's repro tract is a pinkish-red, NOT white.
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Re: autopsy pictures

Postby spinandslide » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:11 am

Very interesting MM...
Thank you for taking the time to do this for us clueless greenies on here. :)
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Re: autopsy pictures

Postby K2011 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:34 am

Very interesting........
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Postby rangergirl56m » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:38 am

sweet more pictures! These are awesome, thanks MM
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Re: autopsy pictures

Postby FarmGirl10 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:49 pm

Thanks, I learned something new from your post today. Did not know that bovine kidneys are lobed.
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Postby randiliana » Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:53 pm

Very good post MM!!
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Postby grannysoo » Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:41 am

Thanks MM.
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Re: autopsy pictures

Postby milkmaid » Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:26 am

You're welcome, folks. Farmgirl -- I didn't know that either until I did a bit of research prior to working on the calf. Once I read they were lobed I had to make a special point of finding the kidneys since it sounded fascinating. Definitely looks different than the fetal pig I dissected in class last semester. :lol2:
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Re: autopsy pictures

Postby SRBeef » Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:36 pm

Thank you for taking the time to share these photos. I learned a lot.
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