Asymptomatic Unilateral Ovarian Leiomyoma in a German Shepherd Bitch

Alessandro Pecile 1 , Debora Groppetti 1 , Valeria Grieco 1 , Gabriele Barella 1 , Melania Moioli 1  und Stefano Faverzani 1
  • 1 Department of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy


This report shows for the first time clinical imaging (ultrasound and computed tomography), histological and immunohistochemical findings of an ovarian leiomyoma, coincidentally diagnosed in an asymptomatic unmated nulliparous ten year-old German shepherd bitch concurrently suffering from multiple mammary tumors. A thorough examination allowed the differentiation of ovarian leiomyoma from other spindle cell tumors. An accurate description of the diagnostic procedures useful in the managing of ovarian leiomyoma could provide valuable information to veterinary practitioners. Indeed, despite its rarity and nonspecific symptoms, ovarian leiomyoma may also affect the dog with an unknown potential risk.

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