A 6-yr-old female leopard (Panthera pardus) was evaluated for a history of chronic obstipation of 4-mo duration. Radiographic, ultrasonographic, and computed tomographic evaluation revealed an intrapelvic mass that was compressing the distal colon. Because of the difficulties of postsurgical management of this animal, the owner requested euthanasia. On postmortem examination, a mass measuring 3 times 5 times 10 cm was found arising from the body of the uterus. Histopathologic evaluation of the mass revealed a leiomyoma of the uterus. This case report documents the presence of a uterine tumor in a large felid that resulted in constipation and obstipation. Additionally, the value and limitations of the imaging modalities used to provide diagnostic, prognostic, and treatment options are discussed.
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Vol. 36 • No. 3