The growth was checked again a month or so later as it had grown substantially.
The cyst was now about 1cm in size, flattened disc shape. A biopsy was done at this time, and showed the same oil content. No additional signs of infection or growth involved. Again it did not appear to be bothering him so observation continued.
In late November, Schnapps started to bother the lump. The surface was red with a small amount of bleeding. The cyst was now a hard lump, 1.5cm in width and a flattened disc shape. On vet examination, a small amount of brown pus was squeezed out. When viewed under a microscope it showed lots of bacteria.
The cyst was lanced and the lump popped out easily and freely,
leaving a clean open wound. There was no further bleeding or pus. The wound was flushed
with saline and closed with two staples.
He was given Baytril (an antibiotic) for 5 days, and Metacam (an NSAID to reduce inflammation) for 3 days.
Photo 1: Shows shape of sebaceous cyst and size in centimeters.
Photo 2: Shows closure of wound site.
Case history and photos courtesy of Robyn Arthur, of The Dapper Rat, http://www.dapper.com.au in collaboration with Dr Larissa Ladyko B.V.Sc.
Posted on December 28, 2003, 17:27,
Last updated on April 8, 2010, 16:31