Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in a panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) and treatment with carboplatin implantable beads

James G. Johnson, Lisa M. Naples, Caroline Chu, Michael J Kinsel, Jennifer E. Flower, William G. Van Bonn

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Abstract

A 3-yr-old male panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) presented with bilateral raised crusted skin lesions along the lateral body wall that were found to be carcinoma in situ and squamous cell carcinoma. Similar lesions later developed on the caudal body wall and tail. A subcutaneous implantable carboplatin bead was placed in the first squamous cell carcinoma lesion identified. Additional new lesions sampled were also found to be squamous cell carcinomas, and viral polymerase chain reaction was negative for papillomaviruses and herpesviruses. Significant skin loss would have resulted from excision of all the lesions, so treatment with only carboplatin beads was used. No adverse effects were observed. Lesions not excised that were treated with beads decreased in size. This is the first description of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and treatment with carboplatin implantable beads in a panther chameleon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)931-934
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • Carboplatin
  • Furcifer pardalis
  • Panther chameleon
  • carcinoma in situ
  • squamous cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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