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Conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma in a reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus)

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  • Elisa M. Gonzalez-Alonso-Alegre,

    1. Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, Facultad de Veterinaria de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Hospital Clínico Veterinario Complutense, Avda. Puerta de Hierro s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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  • Alfonso Rodriguez-Alvaro,

    1. Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, Facultad de Veterinaria de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Hospital Clínico Veterinario Complutense, Avda. Puerta de Hierro s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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  • Eva Martinez-Nevado,

    1. Departamento Veterinario, Zoo-Aquarium de Madrid, Casa de Campo s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain
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  • Elena M. Martinez-de-Merlo,

    1. Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, Facultad de Veterinaria de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Hospital Clínico Veterinario Complutense, Avda. Puerta de Hierro s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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  • Belen Sanchez-Maldonado

    1. Departamento de Medicina y Cirugía Animal, Facultad de Veterinaria de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Hospital Clínico Veterinario Complutense, Avda. Puerta de Hierro s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Abstract

An 8-year-old female adult reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) was referred to the Veterinary Hospital of Madrid for evaluation of a conjunctival mass on the left eye which had been present for about 2 months. A surgical excision was performed and biopsy material submitted for light microscopic evaluation which confirmed the diagnosis of conjuctival squamous cell carcinoma. Nuclear p53 immunolabeling was found in 52% of the neoplastic cells. Follow-up examination at 12 months postsurgery did not reveal recurrence of this neoplasm. Conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma has not been reported previously in reindeer and seems to have similar characteristics to the one existing in bovine species.

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