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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2002 Apr 15;220(8):1192-7.

Use of a carbon dioxide laser for surgical management of cutaneous masses in horses: 32 cases (1993-2000).

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Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1248, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine outcome of horses in which cutaneous masses were removed with a carbon dioxide laser.

DESIGN:

Retrospective study.

ANIMALS:

32 horses.

PROCEDURE:

Medical records of horses with 1 or more cutaneous masses treated with a carbon dioxide laser were examined. Follow-up information was obtained through telephone interviews with owners and referring veterinarians.

RESULTS:

Cutaneous masses were classified as sarcoids (15 horses), neoplastic masses other than sarcoids (squamous cell carcinoma [91; fibroma [1]; and melanoma [1]), and nonneoplastic masses (6). Minimum follow-up time was 6 months. Five sarcoids and 2 squamous cell carcinomas recurred. Seven (21%) horses had complications associated with dehiscence of wounds that had been closed primarily or failure of wound healing because of recurrence of the mass. Twenty-six (81%) owners were satisfied with the cosmetic appearance following surgery.

CONCLUSION AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

Results suggest that a carbon dioxide laser may be effective for treatment of cutaneous masses in horses.

PMID:
11990967
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