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1 June 2013 ORAL FIBROSARCOMA IN A BLACK IGUANA (CTENOSAURA PECTINATA)
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A case of oral fibrosarcoma in a 13-yr-old male black iguana (Ctenosaura pectinata) is reported here. The iguana exhibited new tissue formation involving a large part of the maxilla and hard palate, which histologically and ultrastructurally corresponded to a primary fibrosarcoma of the oral cavity. Although there are reports of fibrosarcomas in other reptiles, such as snakes and crocodiles, no reports of this neoplasm in the oral cavity of an iguana were reported, which suggests that it is either infrequent or infrequently sampled for histological diagnosis. As an isolated case in an adult iguana living at a conservation center, it is likely that this diagnosis is associated with advanced age. The prognosis is considered unfavorable.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Elizabeth Morales Salinas, Bertha O. Aguilar Arriaga, José Ramírez Lezama, Adriana Méndez Bernal, and Serafín J. López Garrido "ORAL FIBROSARCOMA IN A BLACK IGUANA (CTENOSAURA PECTINATA)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44(2), 513-516, (1 June 2013). https://doi.org/10.1638/2012-0245R.1
Received: 14 November 2012; Published: 1 June 2013
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