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Volume 24(1), Spring 2014

FECAVA lecture

Mast Cell Tumour Advances


by Laura Blackwood

The many faces of mast cell tumours


Most mast cell tumours in dogs present as a cutaneous (or subcutaneous) mass which may fluctuate in size, or be associated with local oedema, swelling or erythema.

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Receptor tyrosine kinases are transmembrane enzymes...

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MCT quiz


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your knowledge on

mast cell tumours.

Kiupel grading system

Patnaik grading system

Grading the tumour

Two grading systems are used, the so-called Patnaik and Kiupel systems.


Approach of MTCs

‘When faced with a mass, there are

a number of things you can do in practice, such as a fine needle aspirate. In the vast majority of cases, this will tell you if it’s a mast cell tumour or not.’ ...


Watch an interview with Laura Blackwood ...

Mast cell tumours (MCTs) are neoplastic proliferations of mast cells. Cutaneous MCTs arise from tissue mast cells in the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. MCTs account for 7-21% of canine skin tumours. Although tumours can affect dogs of any age or breed, Boxers, Boston terriers, Pugs and Retrievers are predisposed. Shar-Peis are predisposed to developing aggressive tumours at a relatively ...

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