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Ischiatic Paralysis in Cattle

(Sciatic paralysis)


Paul R. Greenough

, FRCVS, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Last full review/revision Sep 2015 | Content last modified Apr 2016

Damage to the ischiatic and obturator nerves after intrapelvic parturient trauma may cause recumbency after calving. It may be a component of the downer cow syndrome. The tibial and peroneal nerves are branches of the ischiatic nerve that can be damaged at extrapelvic sites.

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