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1 June 2014 CUTANEOUS T-CELL LYMPHOMA IN TWO CAPTIVE TASMANIAN DEVILS (SARCOPHILUS HARRISII)
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Two captive adult female Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) were investigated for pruritis and dermatitis. In both cases skin lesions consisted of multifocal, superficial patches of crusting, hyperkeratosis, and ulceration. Lesions started on the ventral surfaces of the animal but then appeared on the dorsum as the disease progressed. In both animals, a diagnosis of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma was made based on histologic appearance of skin biopsies using immunohistochemistry. Attempt at treatment with lomustine 20 mg p.o. once every 3 wk in one individual did not slow progression of the condition. As a result of their propensity for developing neoplastic conditions, the use of chemotherapeutic agents in Tasmanian devils warrants further investigation.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
T. Franciscus Scheelings, Elizabeth C. Dobson, and Celia Hooper "CUTANEOUS T-CELL LYMPHOMA IN TWO CAPTIVE TASMANIAN DEVILS (SARCOPHILUS HARRISII)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(2), 367-371, (1 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.1638/2013-0217R.1
Received: 11 September 2013; Published: 1 June 2014
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