Korean J Vet Res > Volume 59(4); 2019 > Article
Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2019;59(4):223-226.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14405/kjvr.2019.59.4.223    Published online February 17, 2020.
Severe pulmonary mineralization in a dog with pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism: a case report
Ji-Seon Yoon1, Seongwoo Kang2, Jinho Park1, Jihye Choi3, DoHyeon Yu2
1Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonbuk National University
2Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Gyeongsang National University
3Department of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonnam National University
Correspondence:  DoHyeon Yu, Tel: 82-55-772-2368, Fax: 82-55-772-2330, 
Email: yudh@gnu.ac.kr
Abstract
A 7-year-old, spayed female Chihuahua with dyspnea, intermittent cyanosis, and dermal plaques was diagnosed with hyperadrenocorticism. Thoracic radiographs showed markedly hyperdense alveoli in multiple lung lobes. Computed tomography (CT) images showed lung mineralization confined to the lung parenchyma and pituitary macroadenoma. Pulmonary mineralization secondary to hyperadrenocorticism is commonly found on histopathologic examination. However, those lesions are rarely identified radiographically. We describe obvious pulmonary mineralization secondary to hyperadrenocorticism found on radiographs and present the first report regarding CT imaging of the mineralization. Pulmonary mineralization should be considered when a dog affected by hyperadrenocorticism shows diffuse lung mineralization on radiographs.
Key Words: computed tomography, dog, hyperadrenocorticism, mineralization, radiography
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