Fetal mummification in a goat

  • Elizabeth Whitt College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
  • Hope Patrick Department of Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
  • Pablo Jarrin College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
  • Tulio Prado College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
Keywords: Goat, fetus, mummification, cesarean surgery


A 5-year pet doe (unknown breed) was presented (~ 1 month after her expected day of kidding) with a history of vaginal discharge and fetal membranes hanging from the vulva. She was bright, alert, and responsive with an elevated heart rate and respiratory rate. Blood chemistry panel was unremarkable. Vaginal speculum examination was attempted; however, her vulva was 1 inch in length (dorsal to ventral commissure) making it very hard. Transabdominal uterine ultrasonography revealed no fetus and uterus had an irregular echogenicity. A small fetus was identified via transrectal uterine ultrasonography. Decision was to perform cesarean surgery (left flank approach). A mummified fetus was extracted from the left uterine horn.


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How to Cite
Whitt E., Patrick H., Jarrin P., & Prado T. (2023). Fetal mummification in a goat. Clinical Theriogenology, 15. https://doi.org/10.58292/ct.v15.9410
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