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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1987 Jun 15;190(12):1556-8.

Pleuroscopic diagnosis of gastroesophageal squamous cell carcinoma in a horse.


A 15-year-old Quarter Horse gelding was examined because of chronic intermittent colic of 40 days' duration. The clinical signs included acute onset of depression, ptyalism, abdominal splinting, and rolling within an hour of eating. An intramural mass of the esophagus was identified during esophagoscopy. A large soft-tissue density surrounding the distal portion of the esophagus, creating a stricture, was identified on an esophagogram. With the horse slightly sedated, pleuroscopy was performed, allowing direct visualization and biopsy of the mass. The histopathologic diagnosis was squamous cell carcinoma.

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