Sorting out umbilical abnormalities in the young calf
Umbilical abnormalities in the calf can result from multiple underlying problems. Given the potential complicities of some of those conditions, umbilical growths can be daunting for some practitioners to handle in the field. A systematic approach to diagnosis utilizing palpation and ultrasound, along with aspiration in some cases, can allow for accurate diagnosis and successful first line treatment. Surgical evaluation is sometimes required to confirm the diagnosis and often necessary for resolution. This article will offer practical tips for the workup of umbilical disorders.