Inflammatory mammary carcinoma with metastasis to the brain and distant organs in a spayed Shih Tzu dog

Jong Hyuk Kim, KeumSoon Im, Na Hyun Kim, Seung Ki Chon, Alan R. Doster, Jung Hyang Sur

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Inflammatory mammary carcinoma (IMC) is a specific type of rare, very aggressive, and highly metastatic mammary cancer in both human beings and dogs. A 10-year-old female spayed Shih Tzu dog was diagnosed with secondary IMC. At necropsy, brain metastasis of mammary neoplastic cells was observed in tissues of the cerebrum and cerebellum. Metastases were also found in other distant organs such as heart, lung, liver, spleen, and inguinal lymph node. There is limited data about the metastasis of IMC and its pattern. The current report of IMC with brain metastases contributes to the understanding of metastatic IMC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1079-1082
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011



  • Brain
  • dogs
  • inflammatory mammary carcinoma
  • metastasis

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