Cutaneous haemangiosarcoma of the lower eyelid in an elderly white cat

Claudia Hartley, Jane Ladlow, Ken C Smith

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A case of cutaneous haemangiosarcoma of the left lower eyelid in a 15-year-old white domestic shorthair cat is reported. A protuberant red mass occupying one-third of the lower eyelid margin length was present. Intermittent haemorrhage occurred from the mass surface. Surgical biopsy had revealed a locally invasive tumour composed of numerous irregular blood-filled spaces lined by a single layer of plump endothelial cells and separated by thin fibrous septa. Mitotic activity was rare and the appearance was consistent with a low-grade haemangiosarcoma. The mass continued to enlarge and referral was sought. Due to financial constraints and the owner's wish for a single procedure, enucleation with an axial pattern flap based on the superficial temporal artery was undertaken. Histopathology of the excised tissue confirmed the presence of a well-differentiated haemangiosarcoma. Tumour-free excisional margins were confirmed, the surgical area healed uneventfully, and there has been no recurrence during the subsequent 16 months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-81
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases/diagnosis
  • Cats
  • Eyelid Neoplasms/diagnosis
  • Hemangiosarcoma/diagnosis
  • Male
  • Treatment Outcome


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