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ISSN : 2287-7991(Print)
ISSN : 2287-8009(Online)
Journal of the Preventive Veterinary Medicine Vol.43 No.2 pp.58-61

Clinical case of internal caseous lymphadenitis in a native Korean goat (Capra hircus coreanae)

Joo-Yeon Kong1,Kyunghyun Lee1,Ji-Youl Jung1,2,Jong Wan Kim1,Nam-Sik Yoon3,ByungJae So1,Eun-Jin Choi1†
1Animal Disease Diagnostic Division, Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency, Gyeongsangbuk-do 39660, Republic of Korea
2College of Veterinary Medicine, Jeju National University, Jeju 63243, Republic of Korea
3Ulsan Institute of Health and Environment, Ulsan 44953, Republic of Korea
Corresponding Author. Eun-Jin Choi, Tel: +82-54-912-0460, Fax: +82-54-912-0465,


A case of caseous lymphadenitis (CL) was detected in a native Korean goat without manifestation of superficial nodules but with pulmonary abscesses that were characterized microscopically by granulomatous inflammation consisting of a central necrotic region, peripheral fibrous capsule, and numerous cellular infiltrates with epithelioid macrophages, giant cells, and lymphocytes. Presence of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis was identified by using bacterial isolation and multiplex PCR. In addition, a 43% seropositivity to C. pseudotuberculosis was observed in goats from the same farm. This case highlights the risk of exposure of farmers to the causative agent and the urgent need for national monitoring for CL, a potential zoonotic.