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Tumoral calcinosis in a dog with chronic renal failure : clinical communication

T.C. Spotswood
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 74, No 1 | a498 | DOI: | © 2003 T.C. Spotswood | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 June 2003 | Published: 25 June 2003

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A 2-year-old male German shepherd dog in poor bodily condition was evaluated for thoracic limb lameness due to a large, firm mass medial to the left cranial scapula. Radiography revealed several large cauliflower-like mineralized masses in the craniomedial left scapula musculature, pectoral region and bilaterally in the biceps tendon sheaths. Urinalysis, haematology and serum biochemistry showed that the dog was severely anaemic, hyperphosphataemic and in chronic renal failure. The dog was euthanased and a full post mortem performed. A diagnosis of chronic renal failure with secondary hyperparathyroidism was confirmed. The mineralized masses were grossly and histopathologically consistent with a diagnosis of tumoral calcinosis. Tumoral calcinosis associated with chronic renal failure that does not involve the foot pads is rarely seen.


Canine; Hyperphosphataemia; Radiography; Ultrasonography


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