Multiple complex congenital malformations in a rabbit kit (Oryctolagus cuniculi)

Jennifer L. Booth, Xuwen Peng, Jennifer Baccon, Timothy K. Cooper

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Congenital malformations may occur during early embryogenesis in cases of genetic abnormalities or various environmental factors. Affected subjects most often have only one or 2 abnormalities; subjects rarely have several unrelated congenital defects. Here we describe a case of a stillborn New Zealand white rabbit with multiple complex congenital malformations, including synophthalmia, holoprosencephaly, gastroschisis, and a supernumerary hindlimb, among other anomalies. There was no historical exposure to teratogens or other known environmental causes. Although not confirmed, this case was most likely a rare spontaneous genetic event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-347
Number of pages6
JournalComparative Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • veterinary(all)


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