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                                Multiple Visceral Congenital Anomalies in a Calf
                                             D. J. Prieur and D. A. Dargatz
                                                 Vet Pathol 1984 21: 452
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Request reprints from Dr. M. Narita, Third Research Division, National Institute of Animal Health, Kannondai, Yatabe,
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                                  Multiple Visceral Congenital Anomalies in a Calf

                                                D. J. PRIEUR D. A. DARCATZ

   Numerous reports of congenital malformations of portions                  ings and an imperforate anus. The serosal surfaces of the
of the intestines of domestic animals have been published.*                  gastrointestinal tract were reddened (congestion) and had
Most malformations reported consisted of stenosis or atresia                 attached fibrin tags. A large gas-filled viscus ending in a blind
of a segment of the intestine. Segmental intestinal agenesis                 sac was present on the left side of the abdominal cavity with
has been reported only rarely.                                               the blind end located in the left ventral quadrant. This viscus,
   A two-day-old calf born of a Hereford heifer and sired by                 which was interpreted to be the cecum, was continuous with
a 3h Longhorn bull was presented in acute distress with                      the small intestine (fig. 1). Although the lumen extending
tympanic distension of the abdomen. A trocar was inserted                    from the small intestine into the cecum was continuous and
into the bowel through the left flank and a large amount of                  patent, no ileocecal valve could be detected. The colon was
foul-smelling gas escaped. The calf died immediately after                   absent. Mesenteric folds containing fat and mesenteric lymph
cannulization and the carcass was submitted for necropsy.                    nodes but no intestine were present in locations where the
The calf was from a ranch with 80 cows and three bulls. The                  colon normally would be expected. The rectum also was
calf crop was approximately 95% of the cows bred, and had                    absent and no anus was present. A slight excess of integument,
been stable for several years. No congenital malformations in                which could be inverted manually approximately 1 cm, was
calves had been observed on the ranch this year or in previous               located at the site at which the anus normally would be
years.                                                                       expected.
   Necropsy revealed a 29 kg male calf with Hereford mark-                      The spleen was sited normally but was malformed into a

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                                                                                                           Fig. 1: Intestines with cecum ending, in
                                                                                                        a blind sac (arrow).

complex folded organ (fig. 2). The kidneys were fused at the              present and patent. The urinary bladder was elongated ab-
anterior poles of their medial surfaces and were located on               normally to 20 cm. extended well into the pelvic canal, had a
the abdominal midline. The left kidney was judged to be of                fibrous stricture across the dorsal aspect of its midsection, and
approximately normal size (12 cm in length), whereas, the                 was filled with urine. The urethra and penis were patent and
right kidney was only 7 cm long (fig. 3). The ureters were                normal in structure.

                                                                                           Fig. 2: Malformed spleen.
                                                                                           Fig.3: Dorsal view of kidneys fused at their
                                                                                         anterior poles.

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   No right testis or epididymis were present. The left testis                                             Acknowledgements
was located 4 cm caudal to the left kidney and was normal in                   We thank A.M. Gallina, G.L. Burns? and C. Dowers of
appearance. The liver and gall bladder were normal in size,                  Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory for their
 however, the liver lacked the fissures that normally divide                 cooperation. This work was supported in part by grant
bovine livers into lobes. No other lesions were found.                       RR005 15 from the National Institutes of Health.
   Several forms of intestinal malformations have been ob-
                               ~ ~ ~ of these
served in c a l v e ~ . ' ~ ~ Most ~ . ~ ~ I I have consisted of
atresia of a segment of intestine and include some which
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been suggested that the bovine intestinal anomaly results from                 4 LENGHAUS, WHITE,
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atresia, and when agenesis of the colon has been observed,                     6 MCGEADY,      T.A.; MURPHY,                        T.:
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development. It is possible that there was a twisting of the                 10 SKEWES,     A.R.: Bovine intestinal anomaly. Vet Med
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Request reprints from Dr. David J. Prieur, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State
University, Pullman, WA 99 164 (USA).

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