Large fibrosarcoma of the equine distal limb treated by surgical excision using a harmonic scalpel

Bellitto, N. A. , McMaster, M., Alvim, A. and Byrne, C. A. (2023) Large fibrosarcoma of the equine distal limb treated by surgical excision using a harmonic scalpel. Equine Veterinary Education, (doi: 10.1111/eve.13808) (Early Online Publication)

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An 18-year-old Warmblood gelding was presented for investigation of a large, firm mass over the medial and plantar aspect of the left distal metatarsal and fetlock region. The mass was first identified 4 months prior to referral, following a traumatic incident, and had over time gradually increased in size. Clinical examination and diagnostic imaging revealed a large soft tissue mass adjacent to the metatarsophalangeal joint and digital flexor tendon sheath, with no overt involvement of underlying bone. The mass was surgically excised under general anaesthesia using a harmonic scalpel with limited margins to avoid compromise of adjacent anatomical structures. Following histology, the mass was diagnosed as a fibrosarcoma. Twelve months after surgical resection, no signs of recurrence were evident. This report demonstrates that fibrosarcoma of the equine distal limb may be successfully managed with surgical excision. The use of a harmonic scalpel should be considered as an alternative to sharp excision when treating fibrosarcoma or other infiltrative tumours, particularly those located in regions where only limited surgical margins may be achieved.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Byrne, Mr Christian and McMaster, Miss Mattie and Bellitto, Dr Nicholas
Authors: Bellitto, N. A., McMaster, M., Alvim, A., and Byrne, C. A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Equine Veterinary Education
ISSN (Online):2042-3292
Published Online:20 April 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Equine Veterinary Education 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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