(67)Gallium citrate scintigraphy to assess metastatic spread in a dog with an oral melanoma

T. Liuti, J. de Vos, T. Bosman, C. van de Wiele, G. C. M. Grinwis, H. van Bree, K. Peremans

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Gallium scintigraphy was used to evaluate therapeutic response in a 10-year-old, male, Dutch sheepdog, suffering from an oral melanoma. Treatment was performed with a combination of carboplatin and hypofractionated radiation. Nineteen weeks after radiation therapy, the left submandibular lymph node was surgically removed because of metastatic disease. Thirty weeks after radiation therapy, (67)Gallium scintigraphy was performed to assess for residual disease and metastasis. Increased uptake in the right submandibular lymph node area was noted and identified as a melanoma metastasis on cytology. Surgical excision was performed. Twenty-one weeks later, the dog was euthanased because of advanced pulmonary metastases. This report of a case of oral melanoma illustrates the advantages of (67)Gallium scintigraphy in monitoring for the presence of metastatic disease and effectiveness of therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Small Animal Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

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