Ovarian papillary cystadenocarcinomas in a green iguana (Iguana iguana)

B. A. Stacy, J. D. Vidal, A. Osofsky, K. Terio, M. Koski, H. E.V. De Cock

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The clinical, gross morphological and histological characteristics of bilateral ovarian papillary cystadenocarcinomas in an adult female green iguana (Iguana iguana) are documented in this report. Histologically, the tumour consisted of an invasive mass of small glandular structures, irregular arboriform papillae and cystic structures arising from the ovarian surface epithelium. Metastatic implants were extensively disseminated along the serosa of the coelomic viscera, mesentery and fat bodies. Tumour morphology and metastatic behaviour indicated a close resemblance to cystadenocarcinoma in other species. Primary ovarian neoplasia is rare in reptiles; documented cases include tumours arising from surface epithelium, germ cells and sex cord stroma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-228
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Comparative Pathology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Cystadenocarcinoma
  • Iguana
  • Ovary
  • Tumour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • veterinary(all)

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