Lymphosarcoma in 10 New World Camelids.

TitleLymphosarcoma in 10 New World Camelids.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsCebra CK, Garry FB, Powers BE, Johnson LW
JournalJournal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Date Published1995 Nov-Dec
KeywordsAnimals, Camelids, New World, Female, Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin, Male

We evaluated the medical information from 10 New World Camelids with lymphosarcoma. Additionally, tumor tissue from 5 animals was examined by electron microscopy for evidence of retroviral particles. Lymphosarcoma was the most common neoplasm of New World Camelids in our hospital. Both llamas and alpacas, from 4 months to 15 years of age, were affected. Emaciation (7 of 8) and palpable masses (9 of 10) were the most common physical examination abnormalities, and a left-shifted leukogram (7 of 7) and hypoalbuminemia (6 of 7) were the most characteristic clinicopathologic findings. Lymphosarcoma was diagnosed by lymph node aspirate (n = 2), biopsy (n = 2), peritoneal fluid analysis (n = 2), or necropsy (n = 4). The clinical course after recognition of the disease was usually short, with a median survival of 1 month (1 week to 3 months). Organs with neoplastic infiltrates commonly included lymph nodes (n = 8), liver (n = 8), kidneys (n = 6), and lungs (n = 5). No retroviral particles were detected ultrastructurally.

Alternate JournalJ. Vet. Intern. Med.