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Vet Pathol. 2004 Nov;41(6):700-2.

Congenital cystic polypoid rectal hamartoma in a newborn foal.

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  • 1New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348, USA.


A neonatal foal with signs of rectal bleeding was diagnosed with an intraluminal rectal mass and intussusception on surgical exploration of the abdomen. Histologically, the mass consisted of cystic spaces lined by simple columnar epithelium with numerous goblet cells and was surrounded by thin bands of smooth muscle in a myxomatous stroma. Although the mass shared similarities with retrorectal cystic hamartoma (tailgut cyst) and juvenile polyps, described in human medicine, location and histologic findings were not entirely consistent with either condition.

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