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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2008-07-26 12:22:42 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: lymphangioma

Hi Leah,

I found this reference in the Merck Veterinary Manual:

"Hemangiomas of the skin and soft tissues are benign proliferations that
closely resemble blood vessels. Whether these are neoplasms, hamartomas,
or vascular malformations remains undefined, and no clear criteria exist
that allow for their separation. They are most commonly identified in
dogs, occasionally in cats and horses, and rarely in cattle and pigs;
they are an exceptional finding in other domestic animals. In dogs, they
are tumors of adult dogs and most commonly develop on the trunk and
extremities. Many canine breeds (including Gordon Setters; Boxers; and
Airedale, Scottish, and Kerry Blue Terriers) are considered to be at
risk. Cats most frequently develop hemangiomas when they are adults.
Lesions are most common on the head, extremities, and abdomen. In
horses, they are most common on the distal extremities of young (<1 yr
old) animals. In cattle, they may be seen as congenital lesions or in
older animals. Dairy cattle are predisposed to developing disseminated
hemangiomas (angiomatosis) in the skin and internal organs. In pigs,
these lesions generally develop in the scrotal or perineal skin of
Yorkshire, Berkshire, and less commonly Chester White boars. In the
first 2 breeds, the disease is believed to be genetically transmitted.
Hemangiomas are single to multiple, circumscribed, often compressible,
red to black nodules. The lining epidermis may be unaffected or
ulcerated or papillated. Small, superficial hemangiomas that often
appear as a "blood blister" are known as angiokeratomas. When
erythrocytes are sparse or absent within vascular lumens, the term
lymphangioma is applied. Hemangiomas are benign, but their tendency to
ulcerate and grow quite large, along with the importance of confirming
the diagnosis to make a prognosis, indicate removal. Excision is the
treatment of choice; however, in large animals in which the lesions may
be large and involve the distal extremities, this may be difficult. In
these cases, cryosurgery or radiation therapy may be necessary. Except
in dairy cattle with angiomatosis, development of additional tumors at
new sites after complete excision is uncommon. "


--- In, "leah" <ferretmaiden@...> wrote:
> hi all
> I posted a few days back about one of my ferrets ( lucy ) having cysts
> next to intestines,
> we have got the results of her test back and she has LYMPHANGIOMA. my
> vet is unsure how to deal with this problem as she has never come
> across this before and we cant find a good source of information about
> any information on this would be gratefully received
> thanks leah
> p.s once i get my scanner working i will send a copy of the
> histopathology

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