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Multicentric T-cell lymphoma presenting as inferior palpebral swelling in a Standardbred mare


Corresponding author: The Liphook Equine Hospital, Forest Mere, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7JG, UK;


A 6-year-old Standardbred mare that presented with bilateral palpebral swelling and a left corneal ulcer was diagnosed with a multicentric T-cell lymphoma. Other clinical findings included submandibular lymphadenopathy and oedema, pharyngeal oedema and rhinitis. Prior to euthanasia the horse developed keratomalacia, the onset of which was coincidental with the use of high doses of topical and systemic corticosteroids. Although an unusual presentation, palpebral swelling should be considered as a clinical sign of lymphoma.