Neck Nuisances

Her growth/tumor is finally to the size that it inhibits her ability to flex her head back to her chest.

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Q:My 27-year-old mare has a growth on the right side of her neck that is now the size of a small Nerf football. We first noticed this mass in 2003, but I was told that because of her age there would be no point in removing it. Now Cassie is 27 and appears to be very healthy in every other way except for the growth still on her neck.

Her growth/tumor is finally to the size that it inhibits her ability to flex her head back to her chest. She doesn’t flinch at all when I touch the growth, but it is very hard and I assume it is becoming uncomfortable

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Rose Nolen-Walston, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, is an assistant professor of large animal internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s (Penn Vet) New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square. She graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, and then completed an internship and residency in large-animal internal medicine at Tufts University, in North Grafton, Massachusetts. She spent a subsequent year at Tufts doing research in adult stem-cell biology in mice. She joined the Penn Vet faculty in 2007, where she won the university’s 2013-2014 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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