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Imaging diagnosis – Ultrasound and computed tomography of sacculitis and appendicitis in a rabbit

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E56 - E60
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Issue number5
Early online date2 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2018


A 9-month-old neutered male rabbit was referred for lethargy, anorexia, and gastrointestinal stasis. Routine hematology, serum biochemistry, and diagnostic imaging were performed. Computed tomography revealed a wall thickening of the sacculus rotundus and appendix, which was further confirmed on abdominal ultrasound. Full thickness biopsies were collected with histopathology diagnosing a chronic multifocal heterophilic granulomatous sacculitis and appendicitis. The patient was treated medically and at 6 weeks follow-up, clinical signs and intestinal changes had completely regressed. Inflammation of the sacculus rotundus and appendix should be considered as a cause of gastrointestinal stasis in rabbits.

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