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Can Vet J. 1997 Dec;38(12):773-6.

Carbon dioxide laser as a surgical instrument for sarcoid therapy--a retrospective study on 60 cases.

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Clinic for Farm Animals and Horses, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Berne, Switzerland.


The objective of this retrospective clinical study was to evaluate the carbon dioxide laser in the treatment of single and multiple sarcoids in 60 animals (44 horses, 13 donkeys, 2 mules, and 1 pony). Only animals that had been operated on 6 mo or more ago were included. Recurrence, new manifestation rate, and cosmetic outcome were determined. Recurrence was observed in 23 (38%) individuals. Animals with new sarcoid manifestation with or without recurrence of a sarcoid were observed in 35 cases (58%). Cases of scar tissue formation and, rarely, leukotrichia were observed. Animals presented with multiple sarcoids were more predisposed to recurrence. Donkeys showed a significantly lower recurrence rate than horses.

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