Pancreatic adenocarcinoma in a donkey. Use of laparoscopy to aid the diagnosis


*Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic, Mereworth, Maidstone, Kent ME18 5GS, UK


Pancreatic adenocarcinoma was diagnosed in a 15-year-old donkey that presented with signs of chronic laminitis, weight loss and chronic colic. An intra-abdominal mass was identified by exploratory laparoscopy, and this was subsequently confirmed to be a pancreatic adenocarcinoma at post mortem examination. Unlike most previously reported cases of pancreatic disease in equids, this donkey had no clinicopathological evidence of an associated hepatopathy.