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Images of post-mortem signs of RHD

There may or may not be obvious post-mortem signs of RHD. More information about sudden or expected death and post-mortem examination of suspected RHD can be found on this website. Some cases of RHD are peracute with few obvious changes in the abdominal or thoracic viscera. Other cases show free blood in the abdomen or obvious haemorrhages around the body. There are other causes for these findings Brain haemorrhages can occur that are not obvious unless a detailed autopsy is carried out. The most frequent gross post-mortem findings are a blood stained nasal discharge, pulmonary haemorrhage and oedema, hepatomegaly, splenomegaly and serosal or ecchymotic haemorrhages in or around other organs. RHD can occur in rabbits that show signs of other longstanding pathological abnormalities so histopathology is important.

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