ISSN: 2223-2133
Surgical management of megacolon by subtotal colectomy in a young cat with hind limb paresis
Ganesh Thotta Narasimhalu, Kirk Munoz, Ansarah Hosein, Tennille Auguste, Natasha Mootoo, Curtis Legall

Megacolon is the persistent increased large intestinal diameter and hypomotility associated with severe constipation diagnosed most often in cats. Megacolon is a pathological condition associated with failure to normally void faeces. It may be the result of a congenital or acquired condition occurring secondary to chronic inertia and outlet obstruction. Causes of colonic inertia may be prolonged distention, neurologic trauma, congenital dysfunction, endocrine disease, behavioural abnormalities or idiopathic. Outlet obstruction can be caused by pelvic fracture malunion, large intestinal strictures or neoplasia, anal atresia or stricture, compressive extraluminal masses, foreign bodies or improper diet. Middle aged or older cats are most commonly diagnosed with idiopathic megacolon (Hedlund, 2002). This report describes the surgical management of megacolon by subtotal colectomy in a young cat with hind limb paresis.