Mammary carcinosarcoma

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Mammary carcinosarcoma are a rare malignant canine mammary tumor, usually affecting older dogs and characterized by tumors composed of both carcinoma and sarcoma with osseous elements[1].

These tumors consist of both malignant epithelial (follicular cells) and mesenchymal (usually osteogenic or cartilaginous or both) elements[2].

These tumors can be found in the thyroid gland, lung[3], salivary gland[4], ceruminous gland[5], and eyelid[6].

These tumors are relatively aggressive and tend to metastasize and invade local tissues and surgical extirpation is not always successful, necessitating adjunctive chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Diagnosis and treatment is as per other mammary tumors.


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  4. Perez-Martinez C et al (2000) Malignant fibrous histiocytoma (giant cell type) associated with a malignant mixed tumor in the salivary gland of a dog. Vet Pathol 37:350–353
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  6. Hirai T et al (1997) Apocrine gland tumor of the eyelid in a dog. Vet Pathol 34:232–234