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1 June 2012 CARDIAC HEMANGIOMA IN A CORN SNAKE (PANTHEROPHIS GUTTATUS)
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A 3-yr-old female corn snake, Pantherophis guttatus guttatus, was presented for clinical examination of anorexia and a cœlomic mass. Radiographs and ultrasound demonstrated a fluid-filled mass in the cardiac region. Surgical exploration revealed an approximately 1.2-cm, round, multilobulated, fluid-filled, nodular lesion firmly attached to the left atrial wall. Resection was attempted but proved unsuccessful and the animal was euthanized. Histopathological examination of the lesion revealed a large cystic structure associated with a cluster of variably sized, vascular channels lined by a one-cell-thick layer of endothelium, consistent with a cardiac hemangioma of the left atrium. This, to the best of the authors' knowledge, is the first report of such an occurrence in a snake.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Job Benjamin Gérard Stumpel, Jorge del-Pozo, Anne French, and Kevin Eatwell "CARDIAC HEMANGIOMA IN A CORN SNAKE (PANTHEROPHIS GUTTATUS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 43(2), (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.1638/2011-0130.1
Received: 10 June 2011; Published: 1 June 2012
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