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Surgical removal and autologous skin grafting as a successful treatment of primary cutaneous hemangiosarcoma in a horse.
  • Lou-Anne Donard,
  • Tatiana Vinardell,
  • Bernard Boussauw
Lou-Anne Donard
Dierenkliniek de Bosdreef

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Tatiana Vinardell
Equine Care Group
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Bernard Boussauw
Dierenkliniek de Bosdreef
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This report describes the successful treatment of a cutaneous hemangiosarcoma of a 12 years old horse presented for evaluation of a cutaneous mass on the left gluteal region. Hemangiosarcoma is a rare life-threatening neoplasia that can be successfully managed when diagnosed and treated at early stages. Unfortunately, they are often diagnosed at later stages, leading to a poor outcome and low survival rates. In this report, the horse has been treated with a complete large surgical excision of the neoplastic tissue. A good cosmetic outcome as well as a short recovery time has been achieved with an autologous skin grafting split thickness modified meek technique. A long-term follow-up of the patient showed no reoccurrence of the hemangiosarcoma, and successful return to athletic performance. In the authors knowledge, this is the first equine primary cutaneous hemangiosarcoma treated with complete excision and subsequently autologous skin grafting with a long-term follow-up and good outcome despite the poor prognosis.
07 Sep 2023Submitted to Equine Veterinary Education
08 Sep 2023Assigned to Editor
08 Sep 2023Submission Checks Completed
09 Sep 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
19 Oct 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
27 Oct 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor