Rare presentation of a squamous cell carcinoma originating from gastric compartment 1 in an alpaca

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K. Rosiers

M. Strubbe

T. Flahou

H. Versnaeyen

R. Ducatelle

S. Roels

Published Oct 30, 2020


A twenty-year-old, male, intact alpaca with a history of anorexia, progressive weakness and recumbency was euthanized because of a poor prognosis and clinical deterioration. The animal was submitted for necropsy at the pathology department of Dierengezondheidszorg Vlaanderen (DGZ) diagnostic lab. A full necropsy was performed and showed a large firm white mass measuring 18x8x10 cm attached to the dorsal wall of gastric compartment 1 (C1) and expanding to the abdominal aorta. Miliary small white metastatic nodules were present on the pleura and peritoneum (carcinomatosis). Multiple small white metastatic nodules were also present in the parenchyma of the liver. On histological investigation, this neoplasia was characterized as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

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