ULTRASONGRAPHIC FINDINGS IN HEPATIC AND SPLENIC LYMPHOSARCOMA IN DOGS AND CATS

Authors

  • Christopher R. Lamb MA, VetMB,

    1. Department of Surgery, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, Massachusetts (Lamb, Tidwell, Pearson)
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    • Dr. Lamb's present address is Goddard Veterinary Group. 84 New Wanstead, London E11 2SY, England

  • Lori E. Hartzband DVM,

    Corresponding author
    1. Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts (Hartzband).
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  • Amy S. Tidwell DVM,

    1. Department of Surgery, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, Massachusetts (Lamb, Tidwell, Pearson)
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  • Susan H. Pearson CVT

    1. Department of Surgery, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, Massachusetts (Lamb, Tidwell, Pearson)
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Pease address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. L.E. Hartzband, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130

Abstract

In a survey of patients with histologically-confirmed hepatic lymphosarcoma at Tufts University, abnormal ultrasound findings were detected in 3 of 14; two had diffuse hepatic hypoechogenicity, one had a focal hypoechoic lesion. In contrast, 5 of 6 patients with spleic lymphosarcoma had an abnormality on ultrasongraphy; two had diffuse hypoechogenicity, one had multiple hypoechoic foci, one had a large, cavitated-appearing mass, and one had an irregular border. In our experience, ultrasonography is an insensitive means of detecting hepatic lymphosarcoma but appears more sensitive for detection of splenic lymphosarcoma.

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