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Sammichele di Bari, Italy

Campolo M.,Zoo Delle Maitine | Campolo M.,Einaudi Veterinary Center | Postiglione G.,Veterinary Center Exotic Animal World | Menconi V.,University of Bologna | And 2 more authors.
Bulletin of the European Association of Fish Pathologists | Year: 2015

A Carrassius auratus auratus presented for a mass diagnosed as a fibrosarcoma. It was anaesthetised and an electrosurgical device was used and the mass was ablated. There is no previous documentation for electrocautery use in fish oncology. This note provides a safe protocol for electrosurgical excision of neoplasia in fish.

Laricchiuta P.,Einaudi Veterinary Center | Campolo M.,Einaudi Veterinary Center | Martelli P.,Ocean Park Corporation Hong Kong | Cantore A.,Einaudi Veterinary Center | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2013

A 20-yr-old African fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) presented with a slowly growing mass located on the dorsum at the level of the last thoracic vertebrae. The mass was hard, 10 cm in diameter, and not adherent to the underlying tissues. Multiple biopsies were collected for histopathology and revealed extensive areas of necrosis, small nodules of malignant mesenchymal proliferation with areas of chondroid metaplasia, and atypical cells in vessel walls. The morphologic diagnosis was suggestive of malignant mesenchymal neoplasia originating from the vascular wall. The mass was removed 1 mo later due to ulceration and infection. Histologically, based on the World Health Organization's classification of neoplastic processes in domestic animals, the tumor was consistent with malignant mesenchymoma. The margins of resection revealed the presence of neoplastic cells. Based on these results, the particular species involved, the high local invasiveness, and the high metastatic index of this malignant tumor in domestic mammals and humans, the prognosis was poor. The animal died 6 mo later with metatastic disease. © 2013 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

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