Snowflake -- probable trichofolliculoma removal

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Post   » Wed Jun 15, 2005 10:52 pm

A few weeks ago I noticed a 1/2" or so lump on Snowflake's rump. It had a dried scab, I checked it out and it did not seem to be an infection or cyst. Was firm, bled but appeared to have no matter inside.

I think it must have bothered her because it would often have a fresh scab on it, as though she was biting at it. I gave up figuring it would ever heal and had it removed today. I'll stick a few pics up and put links to others in case you're interested. As the title notes, it's likely a trichofolliculoma (lump -- tumor just under the skin). I asked for it back and sliced it open. Definitely not a cebaceous cyst nor an abscess.

The newest Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents -- Clinical Medicine and Surgery, says that the most common tumor in gps is the "trichofolliculoma, a benign basal cell epithelioma."

"Trichofolliculomas appear as solid or cystic masses, most commonly over the lumbosacral area. They are easily removed surgically."

Anyway, I chose not to have it biopsied as they are usually benign and I would be unlikely to do chemotherapy. Snowflake is about 6 years old now.

First noticed:
Lump two days ago, still the same size but I think she was biting at it more:
Side view of stitches:
Closeup of stitches:
Top of removed lump:
Bottom of removed lump:
Lump sliced in half and kind of doubled over (both sides of cut visible):
Second view of sliced lump:

I don't know if anyone is interested in these pics but thought I'd post them here.

Snowflake is eating well and seems like herself.
I dabbed some Chew Guard around the incision area in hopes that she will not bite at it. This is Snowflake's second surgery (she was spayed). She was a trooper through it all.
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For Rocky

Post   » Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:02 pm

Glad to hear Snowflake is doing ok. This is most likely what Radar had in several spots (belly, behind the ear). His lumps didn't bother him and didn't grow much so I never had them removed or biopsied. The vet said they're fairly common.

I asked for it back and sliced it open. Definitely not a cebaceous cyst nor an abscess.
Damn, you're a dedicated piggy mom! Or just extremely curious. I'm surprised the vet let you have the lump. I would have thought they'd have to dispose of it specially as "medical waste".

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Post   » Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:13 pm

When you've cut up as many chickens as I have over a lifetime, this was nothing. And it did satisfy my curiousity (I wanted to know what was inside). The lump-7 pic is quite clear. I'm sure there are many less sanitary things that pass through a vet clinic than a small tumor.

Snowflake acts as though nothing happened. I would guess this is a Good Thing.

Were Radar's lumps pretty firm? About a 1/2" in size or so or did they vary?

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Post   » Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:23 pm

Where's the picture of the Chew Guard?

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For Rocky

Post   » Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:33 pm

Yes, they were firm. Clean edges (meaning you could feel the whole thing easily). The one behind his ear was probably about 1/2 inch. The one on his belly (the first I noticed) may have been smaller. And I think it may have shrunk a little before he died. Or I may have been imagining that.

I didn't get a copy of the necropsy report on him to know if they made a definite diagnosis of trichofolliculoma post mortem. (For anyone reading my comments without the history, Radar's lumps didn't seem to have anything to do with his death. He had kidney disease.)

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Post   » Thu Jun 16, 2005 6:52 am

That looks like a large incision. Glad she's bounced right back.

Were you looking for something specific in the mass? I haven't gotten the results from Rodney's histo yet but I'm wondering if it could be the same thing just that his was bigger. They said a quick exam showed skin cells and hair cells?

Is there a link about these here?

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Post   » Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:54 am

Glad it was nothing serious and she's doing well!

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Just Do It

Post   » Thu Jun 16, 2005 9:06 am

Glad everything went well for her.

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Post   » Thu Jun 16, 2005 9:26 am

Yes, it does look like a long incision. Maybe the ends are not actually cut but just tied to help hold it together while it granulates.

Another recent lump removal:
Mab's pig had a large lump removed. Will be sent out to determine what it is. Vet guesses a benign neoplasm.

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Post   » Thu Jun 16, 2005 1:25 pm

Glad to hear she's doing well, Lynx. Our best to her.

We need the Chew Guard picture, definitely.

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E's Moriarity

Post   » Thu Jun 16, 2005 2:03 pm

Where is it? Where is it? Where's that picture?

I am glad that Snowflake is continuing with a life "business as usual." That picture 7 is fascinating. Looks like a bristly little plum or something - the backlit hair is quite odd.

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Post   » Thu Jun 16, 2005 2:31 pm

Of course. How remiss of me:

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Post   » Thu Jun 16, 2005 3:05 pm

So glad that Snowflake is doing well after that. Give her a kiss for me. =)

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Post   » Fri Jun 17, 2005 10:35 am

WOW, those are amazing pictures! It does look like a big incision, I hope she continues to do so well!

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Post   » Fri Jun 17, 2005 7:01 pm

Yuck! Did you go to Cedarcrest or Nigel for this?

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Post   » Fri Jun 17, 2005 9:20 pm

Nigel. Cedarcrest is too far. I was sure Dr. Bray could do a good job and he's close and reasonable. I wish it had been cheaper though (phone quote 100-150, was 150).

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Post   » Fri Jun 17, 2005 10:03 pm

I'm glad she's doing well and it was nothing serious.

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Post   » Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:22 pm

Poor Snowflake!!

Has the Chew-Guard worked?

Incredible pictures, Lynx. Makes me think of my husband who likes to watch his oral surgery.

Chickens, huh?


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Post   » Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:32 pm

I thought it was neat too. I hate the skin on chickens -- cheaper to get whole chickens and parts. I hate pealing off the skin and fooling with it. Cutting the lump in half was easy. I don't think I could autopsy my own pet but this is like examining your fingernail or hair (she's still plenty happy, alive, and kicking). I liked the lump-7 pic best (closeup).

I think the Chew Guard may have helped -- at least her incision area still looks okay.


Post   » Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:21 am

Wow, Snowflake is 6? Man how time flies. Six! She is one impressive pig you've got there. Nothing fazes her at all. Just like her "mom."

I would've had trepidation about surgery at her age: Did you? So glad to hear she's going to be just fine now.

Your lump and chicken cutting comments crack me up! You should've been a surgeon. :)

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