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Haemangiosarcoma in a captive Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica)

F Vercammen, J Brandt, L Van Brantegem, L Bosseler, R Ducatelle

Abstract


A 2.7-year-old male captive Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) died unexpectedly without preceding symptoms. Gross necropsy revealed liver and lung tumours, which proved to be haemangiosarcomas by histopathology. Some of the liver tumours were ruptured, leading to massive intra-abdominal haemorrhage and death. Haemangiosarcomas are rare in domestic and exotic felids, occurring in skin, thoracic-abdominal cavity and bones. Although these tumours mainly appear to be occurring in older cats, they are sometimes observed in younger animals, as in the present case. This is the first description of haemangiosarcoma in a young Asiatic lion.

Keywords: Asiatic lion, Haemangiosarcoma, Histopathology, Neoplasia, Panthera leo persica




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