“We love a mystery where no one guesses exactly what wet specimen we are showing! It shows just how rare the specimens in our museum are and it’s a great opportunity for learning! A few of you were close guessing colon, great job! This is called a cast. It is not actually the colon itself, but rather the lining of the colon only. This is a super rare specimen and has only been described in the literature a few times. The bowel from the esophagus to the anus is basically a long tube. This tube is made up of layers including an outer surface, a middle layer which is muscle (to help food move along) and the inner layer or lining. In rare documented cases including occlusion of the mesenteric artery (which is the main blood supply to the bowel), pancreatitis and graft vs host disease (GVHD) to name a few, the lining of the bowel can become detached from the muscle wall and defecated out from a live person through the rectum.
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