Lymphomatoid granulomatosis is a rare disease seen in dogs that involves the infiltration of the lungs by cancerous lymphoid cells (lymphocytes and plasma cells). Metastasis may occue in other body sites and organs like the liver, heart, spleen, pancreas, and kidney.
Lymphomatoid granulomatosis is not breed- or gender-specific, but is more common in large and purebred dogs.
Symptoms and Types
Respiratory symptoms are often seen which aggravate over time. The following are a few of the more common symptoms related to this disease:
- Difficulty breathing
- Inability to exercise
- Weight loss (cachexia)
- Lack of appetite (anorexia)
- Fever (in some animals)
The underlying cause for lymphomatoid granulomatosis is currently unknown.