GH-producing mammary tumors in two dogs with acromegaly.

The Journal of veterinary medical science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science

PubMedID: 22214858

Murai A, Nishii N, Morita T, Yuki M. GH-producing mammary tumors in two dogs with acromegaly. J Vet Med Sci. 2012;74(6):771-4.
Two intact female dogs were admitted for growing mammary tumors. They had symptoms of acromegaly including weight gain, enlargement of the head, excessive skin folds, and inspiratory stridor. Serum concentrations of growth hormone (GH), insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), and insulin were elevated in the two cases. From these findings, both dogs were diagnosed with acromegaly. In case 1, the GH, IGF-I, and insulin levels subsided after removal of the focal benign mammary tumors and ovariohysterectomy. In case 2, those levels subsided after removal of only focal mammary carcinoma. In both cases, immunohistochemical investigations for GH were positive in the mammary tumor cells but not in the normal mammary glands. We concluded that GH-producing mammary tumors caused the present acromegaly.