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Use of electrocardiographic analysis for investigation of ascites syndrome in broiler chickens.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1786006     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study was conducted (at high altitude [1969 meters]) to determine whether chicks predisposed to cardiac failure and ascites could be identified and followed during growout with non-invasive electrocardiographic (ECG) techniques. ECG recordings were made on 40 chicks at 1 week of age. All recordings were analyzed by quantifying the amplitude in millivolts of the R-, S-, and T-waves in each of the recordings. During the study, ascites-related mortality was 40%, with the majority of the deaths occurring between 5 and 8 weeks of age. Chicks exhibiting moderate-to-severe right ventricular hypertrophy, as identified by ECG analysis at 1 week of age, were predisposed to development of ascites. Thus, the variability in ascites-related mortality observed in field cases may be directly related to the number of predisposed chicks at the time of placement in the broiler house.
T W Odom; B M Hargis; C C Lopez; M J Arce; Y Ono; G E Avila
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Avian diseases     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0005-2086     ISO Abbreviation:  Avian Dis.     Publication Date:    1991 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-03-19     Completed Date:  1992-03-19     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370617     Medline TA:  Avian Dis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  738-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Poultry Science, Texas A&M University System, College Station 77843.
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MeSH Terms
Ascites / complications,  diagnosis,  physiopathology,  veterinary*
Electrocardiography / veterinary*
Heart Diseases / complications,  diagnosis,  physiopathology,  veterinary*
Poultry Diseases / diagnosis*,  physiopathology

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