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Intestinal atresia and ectopia in a bovine fetus.
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PMID:  20926733     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A 2-year-old Red Holstein cow was presented with uterine torsion at 235 days of pregnancy. The fetus extracted by cesarean section had weak vital signs and marked abdominal distention. An edematous pouch that contained tubular structures with peristaltic activity was associated with the umbilical cord. Because of poor prognosis, both dam and fetus were euthanized. At necropsy, the fetus had severe distention of the forestomachs, abomasum, and proximal small intestine; absence of distal small intestine, cecum, and proximal colon; atresia of the 2 blind ends of the intestine; and atrophy of distal colon and rectum. The tubular structures associated with the umbilical cord were identified as the segments of intestine that were absent in the fetus. Intestinal atresia combined with ectopia may be caused by local ischemia during temporary herniation and rotation of the fetal gut into the extraembryonic coelom. The close connection between ectopic intestine and amniotic sheath of the umbilical cord in this case may have facilitated vascularization and allowed development and viability of the ectopic intestine.
B Lejeune; J Miclard; M H Stoffel; M Meylan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Veterinary pathology     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1544-2217     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Pathol.     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0312020     Medline TA:  Vet Pathol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  830-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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