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Mucoid enteropathy (labelled)

This radiographs shows some of the diagnostic characteristics of mucoid enteropathy, which is essentially constipation. There is gastric dilation in conjunction with caecal impaction. The colon is distended. Post-mortem examination showed that it was filled with mucus. Mucoid entropathy appears to be a failure of the hindgut to move ingest through. The caecal contents become dry and impacted. Mucus continues to be secreted into the colon although there is no material to form faecal pellets. The stomach and small intestine fill with gas because of the tunctional obstruction caused by the stagnated contents of the hindgut. The aetiology of this condition is not understood. Some type of neurotoxin seems the most likely explanation.