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Publikationstyp: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Dokumenttyp: Fallbericht

Jahr: 2018

AutorInnen: Hennig-Pauka, I; Koch, FJ; Schaumberger, S; Woechtl, B; Novak, J; Sulyok, M; Nagl, V

Titel: Current challenges in the diagnosis of zearalenone toxicosis as illustrated by a field case of hyperestrogenism in suckling piglets.

Quelle: Porcine Health Manag. 2018; 4:18

Autor/innen der Vetmeduni Vienna:

Novak Johannes
Wöchtl Bettina

Beteiligte Vetmed-Organisationseinheiten
Institut für Tierernährung und funktionelle Pflanzenstoffe
Universitätsklinik für Schweine

The mycotoxin zearalenone (ZEN) causes functional and morphological alterations in reproductive organs of pigs. In the field, diagnosis of ZEN-induced disorders is often challenging, as relevant feed lots are no longer available, or feed analysis results are not conclusive. Here, we report a field case of hyperestrogenism in newborn piglets. Surprisingly, more than 50 fungal metabolites were detected in hay pellets fed to gestating sows, including ZEN and its modified form zearalenone-14-sulfate (ZEN-14-S). Despite the broad contamination range in this unconventional feed component, a definite diagnosis of mycotoxicosis could not be achieved. In this context, current limitations regarding the confirmation of suspected cases of ZEN-induced disorders are discussed, covering both feed analysis and the biomarker approach.

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