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Lymphocytic-plasmacytic thyroiditis and glomerulonephritis in a boxer

Mansfield, C.S. and Mooney, C.T. (2006) Lymphocytic-plasmacytic thyroiditis and glomerulonephritis in a boxer. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 47 (7). pp. 396-399.

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An 18-month-old boxer was presented for investigation of profound lethargy, and primary hypothyroidism was diagnosed. A strong antithyroglobulin antibody titre was also present, indicating lymphocytic (immune-mediated) thyroiditis as the cause of hypothyroidism. A concurrent protein-losing glomerulonephropathy was also detected, although the aetiology could not be determined at initial presentation. Thyroid replacement and dietary therapy were prescribed. The dog improved clinically for approximately 12 months when it was re-presented with poorly controlled hypothyroidism and renal failure. Postmortem examination confirmed the presence of lymphocytic-plasmacytic thyroiditis, in conjunction with membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis and renal failure.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: 2006 British Small Animal Veterinary Association
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