83(6) pg 293-298

Title: 
Atypical clinical presentation of a metastatic gastric neuroendocrine carcinoma in a bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps)
Author(s): 
T. S. MOOIJ, A. MARTEL, L. BOSSELER, K. CHIERS, F. PASMANS, T. HELLEBUYCK
Abstract: 

Ultrasound revealed the presence of three coelomic masses and a nodular aspect of the liver in a threeyear-old, male bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) with anorexia. Histological examination revealedneoplastic cells consistent with a neuroendocrine origin and gastroscopy demonstrated the presence ofan ulcerative gastric lesion. Based on these findings, the presumptive diagnosis of neoplasia consistentwith a gastric neuroendocrine carcinoma with multiple metastatic implants was made. Necropsy andsubsequent histological examination confirmed the diagnosis of a gastric neuroendocrine carcinoma. Inthe present report, the occurrence of gastric neuroendocrine carcinomas in bearded dragons, presumablya highly underdiagnosed neoplastic disorder in this lizard species, is emphasized.

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