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Sarcoid/Sarcoma on the third eyelid

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  • Sarcoid/Sarcoma on the third eyelid

    My awesome new horse was just diagnosed with a sarcoid or sarcoma on the third eyelid. For a few months he periodically had a goopy eye. I did not think much since he came from a different climate and assumed it was allergies. The vet was out yesterday and said it was a sarcoid or sarcoma ( won’t know until it is biopsied) He wants to wait until it is a bit cooler and then he will remove it. It does not sound like a huge deal but I was wondering if anyone else had this issue and what to expect as far as recovery?

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    I've known sarcoids to spontaneously heal themselves. Many vets won't surgically remove them for fear of opening Pandora's box.

    There are some studies (in NZ/ Australia?) where supplementing with a recipe containing turmeric and other things have been successful. I can't find it now, and I never needed it. My horse's sarcoid shrunk and disappeared over the course of several months. Granted, it was on his shoulder, so not really relevant.

    How badly does it affect the eye other than making it goopy? How goopy? I'm not sure if it's already been biopsied..


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      I had a horse that had both third eyelids removed, due to squamous cell carcinomas. There was about 2 years between the first and second operation. Each time aftercare was just bute for a few days and an eye cream twice a day for a week or so. There was some discharge to keep clean for the first couple of days only. The horse handled it all very easily - turned out 24/7 with a flymask which was changed and cleaned twice a day while there was discharge.

      Depending on biopsy results, I might not wait to have it removed. The less it grows, the easier it is to remove with clear margins.


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        Originally posted by Postandrails View Post
        I had a horse that had both third eyelids removed, due to squamous cell carcinomas. There was about 2 years between the first and second operation. Each time aftercare was just bute for a few days and an eye cream twice a day for a week or so. There was some discharge to keep clean for the first couple of days only. The horse handled it all very easily - turned out 24/7 with a flymask which was changed and cleaned twice a day while there was discharge.

        Depending on biopsy results, I might not wait to have it removed. The less it grows, the easier it is to remove with clear margins.
        Yea, I had a mild panic attack yesterday. I am calling the vet tomorrow to double check. Thanks for the info!


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          My horse had a squamous cell carcinoma on his third eyelid removed in 2012 at Cornell Equine Hospital in Ithaca, NY. Successful surgery, pretty good recovery. Only glitch was a mild colic, probably the result of the general anesthesia fasting followed by re-feeding. Aftercare was eye cream and oral banamine for a week or so.

          Actually made two trips to Cornell. Just the growth was removed on the first trip, but biopsy showed no clear margins. Second trip was to remove the entire third eyelid.

          So far so good, no recurrences in either eye. (Crossed fingers) The eye that had the surgery just tends to be a bit weepy, no big deal though.

          I have his eyes checked twice a year by my local vet (fall/spring shot time). Cornell told me to reduce his eye exposure to sunlight forever. He is turned out in a fly mask to which I have sewn a kind of visor. (I looked at the special fly masks for uveitis, but I thought them too cumbersome.) I ride him in a lighter version.
          Last edited by Maythehorsebewithme; Oct. 13, 2019, 08:51 AM. Reason: Fix typo