Differential Diagnosis of Mycotoxin-Related GIT Lesions in Poultry

Mycotoxins are always present in animal feeds, although at varying levels, and affect different systems such as the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and visceral organs, writes Raj Murugesan.
calendar icon 10 November 2015
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Mycotoxins produce a variety of diseases, collectively known as “mycotoxicosis”, directly or in combination with other primary stressors such as pathogens.

These diseases are exhibited by symptoms and lesions, which can be used to clinically diagnose the presence of mycotoxins.

However, these lesions are not just specific to mycotoxins and are also caused by diverse nutritional, management and pathogenic conditions. Hence it is significant to differentially diagnose these symptoms - i.e. to distinguish a disease or condition from others presenting with similar signs - before arriving at a conclusion.

This article reviews the differential diagnosis of various conditions that cause similar lesions as mycotoxins in the GIT of chickens.

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