Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2007; 20(04): 335-339
DOI: 10.1160/VCOT-06-12-0097
Case Report
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Retroperitoneal hemangiosarcoma causing chronic hindlimb lameness in a dog

J. C. Jones
1  Virginia Polytechnic and State University – Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
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J. H. Rossmeisl
1  Virginia Polytechnic and State University – Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
,
D. R. Waldron
1  Virginia Polytechnic and State University – Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
,
T. C. Tromblee
2  Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Center, Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
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Publication History

Received 14 December 2006

Accepted 10 February 2006

Publication Date:
18 December 2017 (online)

Summary

The clinical, radiographic, ultrasonographic, computed tomographic, surgical and histopathological findings in a Boxer dog with retroperitoneal hemangiosarcoma are described in this study. A seven-year-old, male, castrated Boxer dog was referred for evaluation of chronic hindlimb lameness. The physical examination revealed muscle atrophy and sciatic nerve deficits. Radiography and ultrasonography revealed a caudodorsal abdominal mass. Computed tomography revealed that the mass involved the left margin of the L7 vertebra, lumbosacral canal, and lumbosacral plexus. At surgery, a large retroperitoneal haematoma was removed. Histopathology of amorphous tissue found near the haematoma was consistent with haemangiosarcoma. The owner declined any further treatment. Ten weeks after discharge, the dog was euthanatized due to collapse and haemoabdomen.