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    06-28-2011, 08:09 PM
Sarcoids in horses

I wonder if anyone dealt with it. Experience? Treatment? History?
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    06-28-2011, 08:42 PM
An older OTTB at my barn has sarcoids. His owner did attempt to remove one from his leg, only to have it grow back. I'm fairly certain they spliced it off a second time and it is now wrapped 24/7 to avoid a massive regrowth. He has a second one that erupted into about a golf ball size on his chest. We mostly keep the open ones rinsed out, and change his leg bandage often. There really isn't much of a cure that I've heard of. Between his sarcoids and old age he's no longer the handsome guy he used to be but he his happy and healthy and they don't seem to bother him much.
    06-28-2011, 08:57 PM

My QH Cisco had sarcoids on his eye. At first there was just a black scaly patch. Then he happened to get a nasty cut right in the scaly area (he reguired stitches). A few months later the scaly patch "woke up" and turned into two sarcoids:

Since they kept growing and they were in such a sensitive area my vet decided it was best he get them removed. A few weeks later he got them removed surgically by a laser at the equine hospital. The day after surgery he came home and our vet had to come weekly for four weeks to inject chemotherapy into the area to kill any remaining sarcoid. I was told that they could grow back within a year or even several years to come. It has been three years and you can barely tell he ever had them (except for a small scar). *fingers crossed* that they never come back!!

Here he is without his sarcoids, this was taken last year. (his sarcoids were on his left eye)

Let me know if you have any questions regarding Cisco's experience with sarcoids!
    06-28-2011, 09:02 PM
Thank you, folks! I was told today that there is a topical ointment for that (xxx something I believe, I have to look it up). So I was wondering if you ever heard/tried it...
    06-28-2011, 09:10 PM
I believe it is Exterra. Unfortunately I could go that route with my boy because the sarcoid was too close to his eye. A few years ago I was talking with someone who used Exterra on her horse and It went away, but returned a few months later. Sarcoids are very frustrating and very annoying to treat
    06-28-2011, 09:17 PM
Originally Posted by CiscoKidd    
I believe it is Exterra. Unfortunately I could go that route with my boy because the sarcoid was too close to his eye. A few years ago I was talking with someone who used Exterra on her horse and It went away, but returned a few months later. Sarcoids are very frustrating and very annoying to treat
Thank you, Cisco!

What happened to that horse though? Did she start treatment all over again?
    06-28-2011, 09:42 PM
No problem! Yes I believe that she did start using Exterra once again. Not sure what happened after that though, sorry!

*edit* just realized I wrote could on the last post, meant could not, woops!
    06-28-2011, 10:38 PM
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We've dealt with several.

The best 'permanent' method of removal is to use a liquid nitrogen probe and freeze the area under it after it is cut off. It is very effective if all of it is gotten.

Blood Root can work, but is very hard to get hold of any more. We are using it on one right now that is in a very bad spot on the ear and where it joins the forehead. The vet did not want to freeze it because he was afraid he would freeze it too deep and huge hole would take out half of his ear. The Blood root is shrinking it, but it is far from gone.

Exterra is supposed to be much like the blood root and it may take several different applications.

I know a Vet that swears that floride toothpaste applied 2 or 3 times a day will 'kill' one. He says they are not tolerant of the floride. I don't have the time to use it on this one.

The one I have now was dormant for 10 years. The horse has 5 or 6 others that are just rough scaley patches and they are still dormant. He is 20 years old now. He also has a dormant one on one eyelid.
    06-29-2011, 10:20 AM
Thank you so much!
    07-03-2011, 02:03 PM
My mare had sarcoids on her neck and my vet used intralesional immunotherapy on them. They cleared up except for one so she was just injected again last week. It seems to be working well.

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