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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1996 Mar 15;208(6):891-4.

Photocoagulation of limbal melanoma in dogs and cats: 15 cases (1989-1993).

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  • 1Department of Companion Animals and Special Species Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh 27606, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate immediate clinical effects and long-term results of neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser treatment of limbal melanoma in dogs and cats.

DESIGN:

Retrospective case series.

ANIMALS:

13 dogs and 2 cats.

RESULTS:

At the time of treatment, 9 tumors were progressively enlarging and 4 were static. Recent growth characteristics of 2 tumors were not reported. Total energy applied ranged from 7.5 to 572 J. In all eyes, pigmented tissue shrank after treatment; however, 3 tumors recurred, 1 at 3 months and 2 at 1 year after treatment.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:

Photocoagulation may be an effective means of treating limbal melanoma in dogs and cats.

PMID:
8617648
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