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  • Cryotherapy for horses at stifle joint for sarcoids
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    08-07-2008, 06:29 PM

Has anyone had any luck with sarcoid removal? Last summer my QH gelding developed a sarcoid on his right shoulder, and this summer, its been a right nuisance. He keeps breaking it open & the flies go after it. Our vet gave us this stuff that he said was 'imported from Canada' or something like that, but it didn't work at all. It had the reverse affect (effect? IDK I can never remember haha) and is now more than twice the size it had been.

Any special tricks, medications or surgeries that have worked for you, and were they overly expensive?
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    08-08-2008, 11:24 AM
The biggest issue with sarcoids is that they don't all respond to the same treatment and they are very very "irritable"--doing anything to them (including fly bites) can cause rapid growth. And every treatment you try increases the likelihood of future treatments not working. That means that sarcoids are not something to just try this and that on. So, if it's growing it's time to get it off now.

Surgical removal or surgical removal coupled with cryotherapy can be very effective, but it's best to do it as early as possible so that the vet has more room to work to remove the mass and all apparently affected tissues and still be able to close the surgical site without too much stress on sutures.

If your vet says surgery is not an option, then consider some of the newer therapies that seem to show better results.
    08-08-2008, 12:03 PM
That first article was interesting...though maybe a little too good to be true, but I'm going to keep my fingers crossed! My colt's dam and granddam have had problems with sarcoids in the past. In fact, one of them just did a bit of "self surgery" in the pasture not 2 days ago...came in for breakfast with a bloody, raw ear
    08-10-2008, 05:48 PM
Thanks so much for the info, Ryle. The vet said surgery is an option, but we don't really have the money for it right now, my mom is opening a new vet clinic, and most of our money goes to that :\ Hopefully we will be able to soon. Its really a pain.

Ugh, that sounds nasty, Sara. Good luck xD

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