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Acta Vet Hung. 2009 Dec;57(4):477-84. doi: 10.1556/AVet.57.2009.4.2.

Haemangioma in the oesophagus of a red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans).

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Department of Pathology and Forensic Veterinary Medicine, Szent István University, István u. 2, H-1078 Budapest, Hungary.


A haemangioma developing in the wall of the oesophagus and protruding into its cavity is reported for the first time from a Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). As the tumour mechanically hampered swallowing, the animal was unable to eat and consequently developed a poor condition. Histopathology of the tumour revealed all characteristics of a haemangioma: the blood-filled blood-vessels having an irregular cross-section were lined with endothelial cells. Claudin-5 immunohistochemical antibodies were employed for characterising the tumour, and this examination confirmed our initial diagnosis of a haemangioma.

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