Ultrasound and computed tomography of sacculitis and appendicitis in a rabbit


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.

EPub: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound 2018 Sep;59(5):E56-E60
DOI: 10.1111/vru.12602
PMID: 29393561
RGID: 322898362

Authors: Longo Maurizio, Thierry Florence, Eatwell Kevin, Schwarz Tobias, Del Pozo Jorge, Richardson Jenna.


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