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Juvenile bovine angiomatosis: a syndrome of young cattle
  1. TD Watson and
  2. H Thompson
  1. Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow Veterinary School.


This report describes the clinical and pathological features associated with angiomatous lesions in two calves. In the first case, a single mass located in the atrioventricular ring of the heart was responsible for congestive cardiac failure. The mass was composed of numerous vascular cavities filled with blood and lined by a single layer of well differentiated endothelial cells. The second case had multiple blood-filled cutaneous masses which were confirmed as benign vascular tumours by histological examination of a biopsy specimen. The calf was later euthanased after profuse and uncontrollable haemorrhage from one of the lesions. At necropsy, additional tumours were found in the liver, spleen, kidneys, spinal canal and attached to the pleura, omentum and mesentery. It is proposed that these two cases are representatives of solitary and multiple forms of a syndrome which should be called juvenile bovine angiomatosis.

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