Salivary gland adenocarcinoma in a domestic rabbit (oryctolagus cuniculus)

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A 2.4. kg, 7-year-old, female Rex rabbit was presented with a 4-month history of a left-sided head tilt, difficulty in mastication, lethargy, and chronic wasting. Diagnostic testing of the patient revealed a severe heterophilic leukocytosis and radiographic images of the skull radiographs indicated irregularity of the left tympanic bulla. A computed tomographic scan highlighted a heterogeneously contrast-enhancing mass, ventral and rostral to the left tympanic bulla, with contrast enhancement of the meninges on the left, consistent with an aggressive neoplasm. The patient was euthanized and the mass was identified as a salivary gland adenocarcinoma. The gland of origin is suspected to be the left parotid, owing to its location and close association with normal parotid tissue. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of a salivary gland adenocarcinoma in a domestic rabbit. A computed tomography (CT) scan and histopathology examination were useful modalities for identifying the neoplasm in this case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-224
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Exotic Pet Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Oryctolagus cuniculus
  • Parotid gland
  • Rabbit
  • Salivary gland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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