Dyzia: respiratory difficulties and
masses in uterine, lungs and lymph
Dr. Magdalena Stasiowska
Przychodnia Weterynaryjna – Wrocław, Poland
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Dyzia was an 8-year-old female rabbit. She presented
problems with breathing and audible stridor (harsh vibrating sound) was heard
in her two lungs. She did not improve much after a few shots of antibiotic.
She was then given a steroid once or twice, but here too, the response was
poor. There was also a palpable mass in her abdomen, so we decided to
operate. The mass was located on her uterus, but removing it would not have
brought improvement because there were also several nodular lesions
disseminated in the abdominal cavity and in the liver. She was humanely
euthanized and an autopsy was done.
After her rib cage was opened, massive multifocal
nodular lesions were found in both lungs. It is hard to believe that she
could live and breathe at all with such advanced disease. The lesions were
not further analyzed.
The masses in the lungs are probably metastasis from
the mass in the uterine horn, “most probably uterine adenocarcinoma, a very
common cancer of aged female rabbits. In fact, the findings in this case
are quite typical for uterine cancer in rabbits” according to Dr. Stephen W.
thanks to Stephen W. Barthold, DVM, PhD, ACVP (University of California,
Davis School of Veterinary Medicine), for sharing his experience about
uterine carcinoma in rabbits.