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    Mandibular osteomyelitis in Roe

    Thought this might be of interest as the deer was browsing normally pre-shot and was subsequently found to be in reasonable condition.

    The bony lump to the jaw was first evident on general external examination prior to gralloch. Its size and exact impact only became evident on further examination and skinning of the head. The interesting link with the sternum abnormality was only explained following veterinary advice.

    This is a condition often referred to as 'lumpy jaw" and is an infectious agent introduced from the soil via a cut or abrasion in the mouth/gum area. This can arise from sharp browse or plant material or through sandy/gravel soil being chewed amongst browse. The infection attacks the bone in the jaw and can displace the teeth eventually leading to difficulty in chewing, feeding and eventual deterioration and death from starvation.

    In an otherwise normal and apparently healthy animal it might not be a reason to cull as it would not necessarily be visible and the animal would cope normally until the growth became too large. The sternum abnormality is a direct result of the blood borne nature of the infection which has taken root in another area of bone in the skeleton, in this case the sternum, and has produced distinctive pus filled cavities which are framed with bone like overgrowth.

    Most importantly, the nature of the infectious agent (i.e. blood borne) meant that the carcass was condemned. Interested to know if anyone else has encountered this and have an article to a specific study on the condition in European Roe if anyone is interested.
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    Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

    Do you have any pictures of the head/lump/jaw before you cut it open?

    Also, do you have a link to the article?

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    Very interesting post .....thanks


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    Thanks. Always good to see these things on here. Hopefully the rest of us won't see such things with the very few deer shot, but at least will have better idea from seeing things from the collective on here. A shame you won't get any burgers from that one.

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    Always learning at this game. Thanks for posting. atb Gaz

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    Brilliant explanation, full of detail and knowledge. Just goes to show you can learn some thing new everyday. If your prepared to that is.



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ID:	59635This was the head as viewed externally. Suspect you would not normally notice it if you were preparing for a standard cull shot. I'm struggling to get the link posted into this message but if you just type .....mandibular osteomyelitis in European Roe..' You should get access to it. Thanks for your continuing interest.

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    Thanks for posting.

    I think Professor Jimmy Simpson of be interested in this. His email is


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    Did they do swabs and isolate the organism? Sorry I'm a microbiology geek.

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