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    B-cell small lymphocytic lymphoma in a free-ranging South American fur seal (Arctocephalus australis)

    Derek B. de Amorim*, Paula R. Ribeiro, Marcele B. Bandinelli, Joanna V. Z. Echenique, Matheus V. Bianchi, Paula R. Almeida, Fernando R. Spilki, Leticia F. Baumbach, Luciana Sonne

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    ABSTRACT: Lymphomas are malignant neoplasms of the hematopoietic system arising from lymphocytes with highly variable biologic behavior. B-cell small lymphocytic lymphoma (B-SLL) is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma unfrequently described in domestic and wild animals. The present study describes a case of B-SLL in a free-ranging adult male Arctocephalus australis in Brazil. The main necropsy findings included poor body condition, generalized lymphadenomegaly, severe and diffuse splenomegaly, and multiple, white to yellow nodules in the kidneys and small intestine. Histologically, these organs were partially or totally effaced by neoplastic small lymphocytes arranged in sheets, with moderate anisocytosis and anisokaryosis and a low mitotic count. These cells diffusely immunolabeled for CD79α and for CD20 and were negative for CD3. A diagnosis of multicentric B-SLL was established and to the authors’ knowledge, it has not been previously described in this genus.