An Abattoir Survey of Caprine Liver Diseases in the Sultanate of Oman

Eugene H. Johnson*, David Muirhead, Gerard J. King, John Ochei, Rashid Al-Busaidy

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The examination of 675 caprine livers from a slaughterhouse in the Greater Muscat area in the Sultanate of Oman revealed that 63 (9.3%) exhibited gross pathological changes leading to condemnation of this organ. Forty of these livers (71.4%) exhibited one major abnormality, whereas the remaining 28.6% had two or more lesions. The most frequently occurring disorder was diffuse hepatic lipidosis (4.0%), followed by bacterial associated abscesses (2.4%), cysticercosis (1.9%), and eosinophilic granulomata (1%). Although the cause for the hepatic lipidosis was not determined it appeared to be a reversible condition based on the absence of degenerative nuclei within the affected hepatocytes. Conditions observed in only a single liver were subcapsular (non-parasitic) cysts, focal necrosis, micronodular cirrhosis, extensive bile duct proliferation and diffuse haemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-220
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999


  • Abattoir; goats; caprine; liver; Oman.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • General Veterinary


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