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Induced Parturition in Swine

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Title: Induced Parturition in Swine
Author: Weigl, Robert; Tilton, J. E.; Johnson, J. N.; Zimprich, R.; Buchanan, M. L.
Description: The article concerns itself with two experiments were conducted to determine the effect of flumethasone, a synthetic glucocorticoid, on the gestation length of pigs. The reasons for terminating pregnancy shortly before anticipated parturition are numerous. The presence of toxemia of pregnancy renal disease, fractures, cardiovascular disease or other problems may necessitate the premature termination of pregnancy. Such interruptions also may be desired for convenience, as in medical or other research projects. The ability of the glucocorticoids to induce premature labor and parturition has been observed in several studies. 1969, evidence that the corticoids of the fetus were involved in the initiation of parturition in sheep was presented. In order to study the effects of flumethasone on the gestation length of sows two trials were arranged. Both trials are reviewed in this article. It can be concluded that the pigs treated with flumethasone tended to farrow earlier when compared to the control pigs.
Date: 1973
Subject: Animal diseases
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/9809

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