Metastatic perioral melanoma in a wild mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei)

Eddy Kambale Syaluha, Dawn Zimmerman, Jan Ramer, Kirsten V Gilardi, Martin Kabuyaya, Michael R. Cranfield, Michael S. Kent, Sarah M. Corner, Natasha Yeh, Linda J Lowenstine

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A 30-year-old free-ranging female mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) developed a perioral mass that was surgically debulked and diagnosed as malignant melanoma. After tumor recurrence, a canine melanoma vaccine was administered. However, the gorilla died shortly thereafter, and metastases to lymph nodes, lung, liver, and kidney were found post-mortem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-200
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of medical primatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • immunotherapy
  • neoplasia
  • non-human primates
  • Oncept

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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