Comparative Clinical Pathology

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 259–262 | Cite as

Idiopathic nodular panniculitis of an exceptionally large size in a German Shepherd dog: a case report

  • Elmahi Bilal AbdelsalamEmail author
  • Wael Ibrahim Mursal
Case Report


An unusual occurrence of idiopathic nodular panniculitis of an extremely large size was recognised in a German Shepherd dog. The dog was presented with a large subcutaneous nodule at the latero-ventral aspect of the abdomen on the left side of the animal. The lesion grossly appeared as a large tissue mass resembling some kind of adipose tissue tumour such as lipoma or liposarcoma. However, the histologic appearance of the tissue mass was indicative of nodular panniculitis as reflected by diffuse cellular inflammatory reaction on a wide area of adipose tissue. The cellular infiltrate was mainly dominated by lymphocytes together with scattered histiocytes, plasma cells and neutrophils. The interlobular septa were greatly thickened by massive infiltration of inflammatory cells and septal fibrosis.


Nodular panniculitis German Shepherd Canine Idiopathic Dogs 



We are grateful to Mr. Yasin Jubara for preparation of histopathological sections.

Compliance with ethical standards

All procedures performed in the present investigation were in accordance with the ethical standards of the international, national and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of KhartoumKhartoum NorthSudan
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of BahriKhartoum NorthSudan

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