Case Report

Ectopic thymic carcinoma in the nasopharynx of a Golden Retriever

  • T.W.J Willemse
  • T. Scase
  • J. Marti
  • A. Di Bella


An eleven-year-old, male, neutered Golden Retriever was referred for a chronic history of stertorous breathing, inspiratory stridor and mucopurulent discharge from the left nostril. A computed tomographic (CT) scan of the head, neck and thorax revealed a nasopharyngeal mass causing bone lysis of the hard palate. There were no signs of local or distant metastatic disease. Nasopharyngoscopy confirmed a large mass, occluding the entire nasopharynx. Histopathologi cal analysis of the biopsies was indicative of a chronic inflammatory polyp. The mass was surgi cally removed through a ventral approach to the nasopharynx. Histopathological examination of the mass identified it as a thymic carcinoma arising from ectopic thymic tissue. The dog recov ered well but died of unknown causes one year later.

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Willemse, T., Scase, T., Marti, J. & Di Bella, A., (2022) “Ectopic thymic carcinoma in the nasopharynx of a Golden Retriever”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 91(3), 109–112. doi:

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Published on
29 Jun 2022
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