Addisonian crisis due to metastatic adenocarcinoma in a Pygmy goat

Nora Nogradi, Amanda L. Koehne, Frederick C Mohr, Sean D Owens, Meera C Heller

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A 15-year-old Pygmy doe was evaluated for acute onset of lethargy, anorexia, and weakness. Adrenal insufficiency was diagnosed based on physical exam findings, blood work abnormalities (hyponatremia, hyperkalemia, azotemia, and hypoglycemia), and lack of cortisol response to the ACTH stimulation test. Abdominal ultrasound exam revealed an intact urinary tract and multiple bilateral peri-renalmasses.Thedoe was treated with intravenous fluid therapy aimed at correcting the electrolyte abnormalities and intravenous corticosteroids. She responded favorably to medical therapy in 24 hours, with dramatic improvement in attitude and appetite. Fluid therapywas discontinued, and the doewas discharged from the hospital on steroid supplementation. She deteriorated rapidly and died at home 36 hours after discharge.Necropsy results revealedmetastatic adenocarcinoma originating from the uterus that infiltrated the urinary bladder, the region of the adrenal glands, the left and right renal lymph nodes, the left kidney, the caudal vena cava, the submandibular lymph nodes, the diaphragm, the lungs, and the omentum. Addison's syndrome in ruminants should be considered as an uncommon sequel of intra-abdominal neoplastic processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number357645
JournalCase Report in Veterinary Medicine
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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