Udder development, lactation and ascites in a ewe with an ovarian granulosa cell tumour. Academic Article uri icon


  • A 20-month-old sexually intact female mixed breed sheep was examined for lameness, unexpected udder development, lactation and anorexia. Tachycardia, tachypnoea, severe abdominal distension and vaginal prolapse were evident upon physical examination. A right hindlimb lameness was present at the walk. The udder was well-developed and milk, normal in appearance, was easily expressed from each teat. Ultrasonographic evaluation revealed a non-pregnant uterus, severe ascites and a large (12 cm diameter) abdominal mass. Although surgical treatment was discussed, the owners elected to euthanase the ewe. Necropsy examination confirmed the presence of severe ascites due to a ruptured ovarian tumour. The tumour was characterised as a granulosa cell tumour histologically. Unexpected udder development and lactation presumably occurred secondary to oestrogen and progesterone production by the tumour. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of udder development, lactation and ascites in a ewe secondary to an ovarian granulosa cell tumour.

published proceedings

  • Aust Vet J

author list (cited authors)

  • Gardner, R. B., Alcaraz, A., Porter, B. F., & Divers, T. J.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Gardner, RB||Alcaraz, A||Porter, BF||Divers, TJ

publication date

  • August 2005