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One Huge Cyst

by Lori Hehn - Dec 9, 2015 7:30:00 AM
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VTP-cyst.jpgI noticed that this video of a giant sebaceous cyst got more likes that any other of my photos or videos on Instagram (@SavvyVetTech). I realized then that a lot of people find these gross videos fascinating based on the comments they were leaving.

It's a good thing I had our technician grab the camera just in case something cool came out. We weren't disappointed! So what exactly is a sebaceous cyst anyway?



Sebaceous cysts come from the glands in the skin that secrete oily debris and help to lubricate the skin and hair. Pets commonly get these "cysts", which many of us refer to as a doggie "pimple."

This large one will be surgically removed at the time of this dog's dental. The goal of this expression was to relieve the pressure as the top was about to rupture, flush it out, and hopefully it will be smaller and easier to remove during surgery.

This dog has a large sebaceous adenoma (growth) which is the pink fleshy area, with the cystic debris under it.

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About Lori Hehn

Lori Hehn is a practicing veterinarian and a contributor and content manager with XPrep Learning Solutions. She has a drive for continual learning and enjoys interacting with veterinary and vet tech students. She also writes veterinary learning books for children.

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