Follicular Cyst (often erroneously called Sebaceous Cyst)

Josephine
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Post   » Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:50 pm


Ha! Cute change of the title, O Sage One.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:56 pm


We might as well get it straightened out early! [I take it the follicular cyst moniker works?]

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JHand
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Post   » Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:42 pm


The page didn't download completely for me. I just got the title page.

Those are awesome pics, Lynx.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:50 pm


JHand, there doesn't seem to be a scrollbar on the side but I was able to scroll to see the other pages.

I thought the pics I posted were pretty cool too.

As I was looking around for info on sebaceous cysts, I see how often pics are lacking. I think it's wonderful when people can post photos so we can see precisely what something looks like (like the prolapsed rectum on another thread). One time someone posted the horrible genital swelling on her sow. Well it turned out she had a boar.

Pics can indeed be priceless.

By the way, Snowflake mostly patiently let me remove more of the keratin -- I used a worn dental tool I have -- curved, not very sharp, to kind of catch and lift off some of it. It seems to be looking much better (not as large a pore).

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Becky

Post   » Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:28 pm


Very cool pictures all around!

Cotton has a cyst that looks almost identical to Snowflake's, but the "contents" are more waxy than the pictures from the link. In the linked pictures, the contents look more formed, or solid. Is that the main difference between a sebaceus cyst and folliclular cyst?

I must admit, I do squeeze Cotton's whatever about every two weeks. She very much dislikes it.

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whittibo

Post   » Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:43 pm


Well, isn't that interesting! And those pictures were awesome!!

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katk925
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Post   » Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:25 pm


Okay, this may be different, but I would love any opinion on this.

I have a couple pigs, a grandma, mom, and son, who all get lumps, fairly commonly, that the vet (Dr. Ridgeway) said were "sebacious cysts" filled with sebum oil. He instructed me that they would pop on their own (which one had already) and that it was better for me to nick them open, and clean them with nolvasan, which he showed me how to do. So far this works very well, and they, once popped, heal up in about 24 hours like nothing was ever there.

I wonder, if these are not sebacious cysts, but something else, or if I am doing the wrong or right care? I will try to get a picture if I see another one on one of these pigs.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:02 am


Can you get good pics? Can you describe the sebum? Is it liquidy?

Snowflake's is pasty/waxy. It looks smooth in the pic I too because I tried to scrape some out with a fingernail. It took some time for this to break the surface.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Dec 10, 2005 3:53 pm


Closeup of area 3 days after the cap came off is included in the first post. You can see how much smaller the pore is -- but still quite prominent.

capybara
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Post   » Thu Dec 15, 2005 2:44 am


This is an interesting thread. How can you tell the difference between most of these lumps? For example, what signs show something is a sebaceous cyst?

Peppi has a lump about the size of a dried kidney bean on his side that was diagnosed as a sebaceous cyst. It's relatively hard, and is just under the skin, under the fur and not visible on the surface. It isn't attached to his side, just inside the skin, and you can move it around and almost feel completely underneath it. Does that sound like a sebaceous cyst as opposed to another type of lump?

Incidentally, the vet felt that because of Peppi's age (we think he's 6) that we could safely leave it alone unless he messed with it or it got bigger. Unfortunately it does seem to have grown a bit bigger over the past few months, so he'll be going back in again.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Dec 15, 2005 10:04 am


I don't really think it's possible to tell just from looking what some of these lumps are. The risk with a cyst like this or a sebaceous cyst (Josephine seemed to indicate this was different -- perhaps very sore and infected like a human cyst) is infection. Look at it closely and see if it looks like some of the skin is separating from the top. I check it when I hold Snowflake. Still looks like the most recent pic -- a large, open pore.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:26 am


axlekitty's guinea pig had something similar. What you see in her pics is a more flat top (but I think it protruded a bit). She scraped off the dead skin and found the keratious material beneath. Snowflake's pics made it seem it should protrude more. The pics I took were very late stage pics (just before the skin cap fell off). This shows an earlier stage:

http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?p=915342#915342

"I noticed it was a tiny bit larger. Still not the size as a normal pea, but like a baby pea size. It is a little flatter than it used to be. Now though, there appears to be a little white dot, like a white-head pimple looking thing just barely big enough to notice. It is still hard as a rock though."

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figrgrl

Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:49 pm


I'm just curious Lynx....there's a pig at the Agoura shelter that just recently had a cyst removed off of her back and unfortunately from her eye a while ago. The whole eye had to be removed- is there something that causes these lumps, especially in the eye? I felt so bad when I saw her. I talked to her former owner and she said the eye cyst was benign and the one on her back as well.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:52 pm


It sounds like they had different causes. A problem with the eye would not be a folicular cyst.

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figrgrl

Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:56 pm


I realize that-I guess I just haven't seen a lot of pigs with eye cysts. Bizarre...

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momof911kids
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Post   » Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:45 am


I don't know if it's the same thing or not but my son had a cyst-like growth on the edge of his eyelid earlier this year that had to be removed. I asked for it to be biopsied just in case it was skin cancer since skin cancer runs in my family. It turned out to be a xanthogranuloma. Here's a pic of my son's eye with it. I wonder if that guinea pig had this. Did they do a biopsy?

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Mum
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Post   » Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:52 am


A problem with the eye would not be a folicular cyst.
Unless possibly it was growing at the edge of the eye (not in the eye,).

I don't know of any terrific veterinary surgeons in that area - it's quite possible it was misdiagnosed.

I have one elderly pig here that's very prone to cysts. It's a very minor thing to have them lansed and squeezed out - at least in her case.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:19 am


If the whole eye had to be removed it is unlikely it was near the eye and more likely it was on the eye itself and is quite unlikely to be a folicular cyst.

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momof911kids
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Post   » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:48 am


That's why I had suggested a xanthogranuloma because that can occur near the eye or in/on the eye itself. I just don't know if guinea pigs can get that or not. Plus the only way to tell the difference between a cyst and a xanthogranuloma is through a biopsy.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:57 am


Missed that, momof911kids. Guess I was responding to Mum who brought up the follicular cyst theory again -- which is fine but not in this case.

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