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White Muscle Disease in Goats


Joan S. Bowen

, DVM, Wellington, CO

Last full review/revision Jan 2014 | Content last modified Jan 2014

Also see Nutritional Myodegeneration. Most kids affected by white muscle disease have been in good condition and are 2–3 mo old (range, 1 wk to 4 mo). Commonly, sudden death is associated with cardiac muscle damage. Other kids are depressed, reluctant to move, and appear stiff, with a “sawhorse” stance, or become recumbent. Muscles, especially of the hindlimbs, are firm and painful to the touch. Treatment is with selenium and vitamin E injection in acute cases.

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