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Equine Oncology
Treatment of equine sarcoids
  1. Alessandra Scagliarini1,
  2. Giuliano Bettini1,
  3. Federica Savini1,
  4. Alessandro Spadari1,
  5. Fabio Sonvico2,
  6. Anna Giulia Balducci3,
  7. Stefano Calbucci4 and
  8. Gaia Colombo5
  1. 1Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Via Tolara di sopra 50, 40064 Ozzano Emilia, Bologna, Italy
  2. 2School of Pharmacy, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia
  3. 3Pharmaceutical Department, University of Parma, Italy
  4. 4Veterinary practitioner
  5. 4Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ferrara, Italy
  1. e-mail: alessand.scagliarini{at}

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WE have read with interest the paper by Stadler and others (2011), in which the authors showed the efficacy of topical aciclovir to treat equine sarcoids. We have recently treated three horses showing lesions resembling sarcoids with the antiviral drug cidofovir (1 per cent [w/w]) (Vistide; Pfizer), in combination with sucralfate gel (Sonvico and others 2009). Sarcoid diagnosis was first established by clinical examination: horse 1 (a quarter horse) had a single occult sarcoid lesion in the pastern, …

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