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Compendium August 2012 (Vol 34, No 8)

Applied Dermatology: Postcard Presentation: A Dog With Purplish Skin Lesions


    Figure A.


    Figure B.

    Presentation: A 14-year-old, spayed Brittany spaniel presented with a multiyear history of progressive, variably sized, purplish growths and generalized, multifocal, purplish patches of skin (FIGURES A and B). The lesions were nonpainful and nonpruritic. Recurrent bacterial infections were noted and responded to antibiotics but relapsed quickly. Some of the growths were up to 2 cm in diameter, but most were less than 1 to 2 mm in diameter.

    What are the diagnostic differentials, and what would be the appropriate next step?

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