Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Lipoma

Contributor(s): Laura Garrett, Alasdair Hotston Moore, Flemming Kristensen, Phil Nicholls

Introduction

  • Lipomas are common canine neoplasms:
    • Most are subcutaneous - although the true incidence is uncertain since many tumors are diagnosed clinically and not submitted for biopsy.
    • May also be found in other locations, eg intermuscular, intra-abdominal, intrathoracic, pelvic.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • No known etiology.

Predisposing factors

General
  • Benign growth of adipocytes, will grow slowly over time but will not invade or metastasize.
  • Predisposed by obesity (although can occur in animals of normal bodyweight).

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Volta A, Bonazzi M, Gnudi G, Gazzola M & Betoni G (2006) Ultrasonographic features of canine lipomas. Vet Radiol Ultrasound 47 (6), 589-591 PubMed.
  • Mayhew P D & Brockman D J (2002) Body cavity lipomas in six dogs. JSAP 43 (4), 177-181 PubMed.
  • Thomson M J, Withrow S J, Dernell W S & Powers B E (1999) Intermuscular lipomas of the thigh region in dogs: 11 cases. JAAHA 35 (2), 165-167 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Goldschmidt M H & Shofer F S (1992) Chapter 24.Cutaneous lipoma and liposarcoma.In:Skin Tumours of the dog and cat.pp 192-203. Pergamon Press, Oxford.
  • Yager J A & Wilcock B P (1994) Chapter 20.Other cutaneous mesenchymal tumours.In:Color atlas of surgical pathology of the dog and cat. Dermatopathology and skin tumors.pp 297-307. Wolfe, London.


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