In the second photo the baby had been washed to remove diarrhea residue from her fur. When wet you can actually see the greatly enlarged impacted colon loops. This is typical of final stages of colon blockage.. The owner was advised to have these babies humanely euthanized, which was done the day after these photos were taken. If not euthanized these megacolon victims would develop septicemia, starve from inability to absorb nutrition, or the colon would rupture causing peritonitis and death.
Photo 1: Note the distension of the abdomen on this 4 week old rat with megacolon.
Photo 2: Note impacted large loop of colon can be seen to the side of the abdomen.
Photography: J. “Bella” Hodges
Posted on June 26, 2003, 13:36,
Last updated on April 7, 2010, 16:05