Veterinary Society of
Surgical Oncology

General Considerations

  • benign tumors arising from hair matrix cells and particularly pilar matrix cells
  • mean age 8.2 years
  • breed predisposition: Kerry Blue Terrier and Miniature Poodle
  • sites: shoulder and lumbrosacral region
  • slow growing, well-encapsulated, and often mineralized with 33% cystic and 33% hyperpigmented
  • malignant pilomatricoma is rare (2 cases reported) with metastasis to neurologic structures
  • treatment: surgery
  • prognosis: excellent

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