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Veterinary Dentistry Dental Case

Veterinary Dentistry Today December 2012

Question:
 What is the most likely diagnosis in this 11 year-old female Yorkshire Terrier with bilateral oral masses.


Answer:
 Sublingual Granuloma (also know as gum chewer lesions).

Differential diagnosis would include neoplastic and inflammatory lesions.

Question:
 What is the etiology?

Answer: 
Excessive sublingual mucosa may be present in individual small breed dogs. If considerable in size, this tissue is traumatized when the patient chews causing proliferation to progress.

Question:
 What is the preferred treatment?
Answer:
 Surgical Excision and closure with absorbable monofilament suture.

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