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post #1 of 5 Old 06-10-2011, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Removing a dormant sarcoid?

I'm trying to decide if its worth the risk or not to remove the two sarcoids on my horse.

The history of them:
she developed the quarter sized flat round scaly spot on her neck when she was three. I had never seen such a thing before nor had anyone around me had. It didn't bother her. I moved and switched vets and he never mentioned anything about it, so I figured it was just some mysterious scar she got when she spent a month away from me.

Fast forward to now. She is 6 years old and still has the same patch. No bigger, no scalier, no different what-so-ever. Then about 3 weeks ago a new developed on the bottom of her chin. It is about nickel sized but raised up now.

Neither are in the way of anything. But if I ever upgrade her to a curb bit (which I wanted to eventually as I refine her reining) the one of her chin is in the way of the curb strap.

I happened to stumble across on article on sacroids the other day and asked the barn manager where I board what she thought of them. She really knew nothing about it and ended up talking to the barn's vet about my horse today.

He said it would be best now to remove them before they start spreading. He also said that it is a very very slim chance that it will come back. Its a fairly cheap process and he can do it right at the barn in no time.

But I'm curious, do they really get that agitated from surgery to remove them as it sounds? Or is it just the horror stories showing on this form and no one has successfully removed a sarcoid? Or even removed a dormant sarcoid before it spreads?

I don't want to poke a sleeping dragon, so any input or suggestions or stories welcome.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-11-2011, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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No input from anyone? Anything at all?

Or are my questions just not controversial enough to get any attention?
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-12-2011, 11:08 PM
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Personally, if they aren't causing problems, I wouldn't touch them.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-14-2011, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Can I ask why wouldn't you touch it?

And how about now. There is a new hairless patch forming higher up on her neck and the original one has became slightly swollen and red.

Thursday or Friday I should be seeing the vet and hopefully he has time to look at it. But my gut feeling is to get rid of them....
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-14-2011, 11:03 PM
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Just from what I have heard about "pissing them off" and making them go haywire.

I have heard good things about the sarcoid implantation and vaccination method versus attempting to freeze or cut them off...
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