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Periaortic haemangiosarcoma in an African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) : clinical communication

A. Newell-Fugate, E. Lane
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 80, No 2 | a182 | DOI: | © 2009 A. Newell-Fugate, E. Lane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 May 2009 | Published: 22 May 2009

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A 9-year-old apparently healthy male African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) was found dead in its enclosure at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre. Necropsy revealed a pericardium distended by approximately 250mℓ of thick blood. A soft, red, lobulated mass was attached to the periaortic fat between the level of the aortic valves and the pericardial reflection. Histologically, the mass was consistent with a haemangiosarcoma. Other findings in the heart included mild to moderate ventricular hypertrophy and moderate, acute perivascular myocardial necrosis. Sudden death was attributed to acute heart failure precipitated by cardiac tamponade.


African wild dog (Lycaon pictus); cardiac tamponade; heart failure; haemangiosarcoma; pericardium; ventricular hypertrophy


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