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    03-01-2009, 10:35 PM
weird growth.. changed color/got bigger

Hi Guys

When I bought Indy he had a small hard white lump that looked like a wart near his genitals. The vet said that it was fine, nothing to worry about but if it changed color or got any bigger I need to call him out.

Well I have been keeping an eye on it and nothing has happened, until today. I don't know if I missed it or just haven't checked it in a while, but it has probably tripled (at least!) in size and it has changed to a black/gray ish color.

The vet is coming out Saturday to do a biopsy. Any ideas what it may be?!

ETA Sorry the pics aren't the greatest, they are off my phone
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    03-02-2009, 12:59 PM
Sarcoid or melanoma.

External melanoma in equines is non-cancerous and only needs to be removed if it interferes with tack placement.

Both are very common with gray horses.
    03-02-2009, 01:03 PM
Yea looks like sarcoid or melanoma, my old mare has melanoma, they don't affect them in any way and if I were you I would not have to remove because it normaly makes it worse. They can get pretty ugly as the horse gets older, but there nothing you can go about them really.
    03-02-2009, 02:06 PM
Any lump in a horse's groin is a sarcoid until proven otherwise - a biopsy will tell you though. There are lots of ways of treating them, not a totally simple process but your vet can advise you.
    03-02-2009, 02:25 PM
Originally Posted by alsiola    
Any lump in a horse's groin is a sarcoid
Do you have data to back up that statement?
    03-04-2009, 02:03 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
Do you have data to back up that statement?
You've quoted me somewhat out of context there... I said "until proven otherwise." By that I mean that sarcoids are the most common skin tumours in horses (I'm sure I can find you some data somewhere), and that the groin is a predilection site for sarcoids.

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