Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover (TiHo)

Amelanotic malignant melanoma in a Himalayan Rex guinea pig (Cavia porcellus).

A Himalayan Rex guinea pig was presented with a history of nodular, partially ulcerated masses in the subcutis of the left shoulder. Histological examination revealed a garland-like to nodular, infiltrative neoplastic mass of the epidermis and hair follicle epithelium, which obscured the dermoepidermal junction. Neoplastic cells were immunopositive for S100, PNL-2, vimentin and melan-A antigens. No immunolabelling of CD3, CD79, Iba-1 or pancytokeratin was observed. This is the first detailed description of spontaneous amelanotic malignant melanoma in this species.

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