Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in the lateral abdominal wall of local Libyan ewes



Tmumen SK, Al-Azreg SA, Abushhiwa MH, Alkoly MA, Bennour EM, Al Attar SR.


Open Vet J. 2016;6(2):139-42. doi: 10.4314/ovj.v6i2.11. Epub 2016 Aug 20.


Gross and histopathological features of surgically excised squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) observed in thirteen local Libyan ewes were reported. The age of the ewes enrolled in the current study ranged from 2 to 3 years. The cases were admitted to private veterinary clinics in south-western region of Tripoli, Libya, during the period between July 2014 and October 2015. All lesions were located in the right and left lateral abdominal wall (caudo-ventrally) with a size range of 8 to 11cm in diameter. The tumor masses have been removed by surgical excision. The histopathological examination of surgically excised masses has revealed the characteristic cell nests of SCC showing central keratinization and hyalinization with presence of apoptotic bodies, fattened keratinocytes, and a heavy interstitial infiltration of neutrophils and lymphocytes. The follow up of the cases showed no signs of tumor reoccurrence. In conclusion, SCC in Libyan sheep affects mainly the woolless areas and can be successfully removed by surgical excision.

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Link/DOI: 10.4314/ovj.v6i2.11