Case Report

Spinal nephroblastoma in an Irish wolfhound : case report

T. Vaughan, J. Goldin, J.W. Nesbit
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 70, No 1 | a746 | DOI: | © 1999 T. Vaughan, J. Goldin, J.W. Nesbit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 July 1999 | Published: 12 July 1999

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A 1-year-old Irish wolfhound was presented with a history of slowly progressive left pelvic limb paresis. A neurological examination demonstrated bilateral deficits referable to the thoracolumbar spinal cord. Lumbar cerebrospinal fluid contained neoplastic cells. An intradural, extramedullary mass was demonstrated by myelography at the caudal aspect of T13. Surgical excision was abandoned owing to severe macroscopic damage to, and apparent infiltration of, the cord, and the dog was euthanased. The tumour was diagnosed histologically as an extrarenal nephroblastoma. Nephroblastoma should be suspected in young, large-breed dogs with intradural extramedullary masses over spinal segments T10-L2. The prognosis for complete recovery after surgical excision is guarded to poor.


Dog; Extrarenal; Neoplasm; Nephroblastoma; Spinal; Tumour


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