Charles Louis Davis and Samuel Wesley Thompson DVM Foundation

For the Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology

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  • SPECIES:
    • RABBIT
  • SYSTEM:
    • GASTROINTESTINAL
  • ORGAN:
    • COLON
  • DIAGNOSIS:
    • SEGMENTAL MUCOUS ENTEROPATHY
  • CONTRIBUTOR:
    • WILLIAMS
  • INSTITUTION:
    • Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
  • GENPATH:
    • BACTERIA
  • COMMENTS:
    • Mucus "enteritis" or mucoid enteropathy is a syndrome of rabbits that has been known for 50 years, is a major cause of mortality in young rabbits, but the pathogenesis remains incomplete. Enteric bacterial infection (gram-negative, often E.coli) or deficiency of dietary fiber ultimately results in a transition of enterocytes within the cecum distally to goblet cells resulting in severe mucus secretion and accumulation in these sections of the gut. Ligation of the cecum has also experimentally reproduced this syndrome.