Tibial hemimelia, meningocele, and abdominal hernia in shorthorn cattle

J. M. Lapointe, S. Lachance, D. J. Steffen

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Six genetically related Shorthorn calves were affected with the tibial hemimelia syndrome. The lesions included bilaterally malformed or absent tibia and abdominal hernia in all animals, a long shaggy haircoat, retained testicles in males, and meningocele in three animals. The malformations were similar to those described previously in Galloway calves. Pedigree analysis demonstrated a mechanism by which a recessive allele in a homozygous state could be responsible for the disorder. The condition in these calves was considered the result of a recurrence of a genetic mutation affecting a putative hemimelia locus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)508-511
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary pathology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Cattle
  • Congenital disorder
  • Hemimelia
  • Hereditary disease
  • Meningocele
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Skull
  • Tibia
  • Ventral hernia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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