Case Report

A craniopharyngioma in a seven-year-old dog

G. N. Eckersley, Judith K. Geel, N. P.J. Kriek
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 62, No 2 | a1594 | DOI: | © 2020 G. N. Eckersley, Judith K. Geel, N. P.J. Kriek | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 August 2017 | Published: 30 June 1991

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G. N. Eckersley, Department of Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Medical University of Southern Africa, South Africa
Judith K. Geel, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
N. P.J. Kriek, Department of Pathology, Medical University of Southern Africa, South Africa

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A seven-year-old male Border Collie was presented with a history of lethargy, episodic circling, incoordination and polydypsia. Physical examination revealed depression, obesity and bradycardia. A neurological examination indicated the possible presence of a space-occupying lesion in the brain. Results of the clinical investigation revealed hyposthenuria, sinus bradycardia and increased concentration of protein in the cerebrospinal fluid. A computerised axial tomography scan revealed a mass in the region of the hypophysis. The dog was euthanased and a post mortem examination confirmed the presence of a craniopharyngioma.


Dog; computerised axial tomography scan; craniopharyngioma


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