Hypercalcaemia associated with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in a Giant Schnauzer

M Kleiter, R Hirt, G Kirtz, M J Day

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A 7-year-old male Giant Schnauzer was referred with a history of severe vomiting, lethargy, weight loss, polydipsia and polyuria. Detailed investigations revealed leucocytosis with a marked lymphocytosis, mild non-regenerative anaemia, thrombocytopenia, hypercalcaemia and azotaemia. Circulating lymphocytes were small and well-differentiated, and the same lymphoid population was present in bone marrow. Chronic lymphocyctic leukaemia with associated paraneoplastic hypercalcaemia was diagnosed. Immunohistochemical staining of a bone marrow biopsy revealed a neoplastic B-cell line expressing CD79. The dog responded to therapy with prednisolone and chlorambucil for a period of 8 months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-338
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Veterinary Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2001

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