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Colonic lymphoma causing colo-colonic intussusception and chronic intestinal obstruction in a four-year-old German shepherd dog
  1. Lisa DiGiovanni,
  2. Laura E Selmic,
  3. Megan Cray and
  4. Helia Zamprogno
  1. Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Laura E Selmic; laura.selmic{at}


Gastrointestinal lymphoma accounts for approximately 7 per cent of all canine lymphomas. It is typically associated with a poor prognosis when localised to the gastrointestinal tract. This case report describes a four-year 10-month-old, male intact German shepherd dog that experienced complications relating to the presence of colonic lymphoma lesion with colo-colonic intussusception and chronic gastrointestinal obstruction, leading to severe distention and enlargement of the proximal small intestine. Surgery was performed and this dog recovered well from surgery. The colonic mass was completely excised along with a grossly abnormal appearing colonic lymph node. Postoperatively, a multidrug chemotherapy protocol was administered with success. This case demonstrates a good outcome with surgery to remove a colonic lymphoma lesion that was causing obstruction followed by adjuvant multidrug chemotherapy.

  • dogs
  • soft tissue surgery
  • surgery
  • treatment
  • neoplasia
  • oncology
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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the writing and critical review of this manuscript draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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