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SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA WITH VASCULAR INVASION IN A DIAMONDBACK RATTLESNAKE (CROTALUS ADAMANTEUS)
Eric T. Anderson, Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf, Jeanine R. Sandy, Brian Dorn, Trent Boyette and Craig A. Harms
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Vol. 41, No. 4 (December 2010), pp. 745-748
Published by: American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40962327
Page Count: 4
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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common neoplasm diagnosed in domestic and wild animals, including several species of reptiles. However, reports of SCC invading vasculature or metastasizing in snakes are lacking. This report documents a case of SCC in an adult male eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) with a unique presentation and invasion into several small-to medium-sized vessels, suggestive of a metastatic process. What was initially suspected to be an abscessed tail was ultimately determined to be SCC originating at the base of the rattle.
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