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Dermoid cyst in the dorsal midline of a young horse (case report)
Dermoid cysts are well known in other species and occur especially in certain breeds on a genetic base (e.g. Rhodesian Ridgeback). In horses, they seem to be extremely rare. This case report describes the first epidermal and dermoid cysts in a horse outside Australia and North America.

The diagnosis and treatment of six lesions in the dorsal midline of a three-year-old Thoroughbred-cross gelding is described.

The lesions were believed to be congenital and presented asymptomatically but required attention because five of them were in the saddle region, thus preventing ridden exercise. Under general anaesthesia, the cysts were excised and subsequently examined histologically.

The horse recovered uneventfully. This report is novel in that such midline cysts have not previously been described outside Australia and North America.

Source: Hillyer, Lynn L., Jackson, Anna P., Quinn, Greg C. & Day, Michael J. (2003): Epidermal (infundibular) and dermoid cysts in the dorsal midline of a three-year-old thoroughbred-cross gelding. In. Veterinary Dermatology 14 (4), 205-209.




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