The relationships between vaginal collagen, plasma oestradiol and uterine prolapse in turkeys

S. Buchanan, Graeme Robertson, Paul Hocking

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Uterine and vaginal collagen content and plasma oestradiol concentration were measured in traditional, male-line and prolapsed male-line turkeys to investigate the higher incidence of uterine prolapse in the male-line strain. The effect of exogenous oestradiol on vaginal collagen and plasma oestradiol was also tested in the traditional and male-line strains. Vaginal collagen was significantly lower in the male-line compared to the traditional-line, while it was lowest in prolapsed male-line turkeys. Plasma oestradiol concentration was higher in the traditional-line than the male-line. No difference in plasma oestradiol concentration was found between prolapsed and non-prolapsed male-line turkeys. Administration of oestradiol for 7 days significantly raised plasma oestradiol concentration but had no effect on vaginal collagen. Decreased vaginal collagen content was associated with uterine prolapse and may predispose the male-line strain to uterine prolapse. There was no evidence from these results to support an involvement of oestradiol in uterine prolapse in male-line turkeys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-7
Number of pages5
JournalResearch in Veterinary Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Animals
  • Collagen/analysis
  • Estradiol
  • Female
  • Oviducts/drug effects
  • Poultry Diseases
  • Turkeys
  • Uterine Prolapse
  • Vagina


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