Meibomian carcinoma are a malignant neoplasm of canine ocular adnexal skin.
These tumors are slow-growing, locally invasive growths within the meibomian glands of the eyelids that secrete an oily solution to stabilize the tear film over the cornea.
Meibomian carcinoma are more common in older dogs and may metastasize to regional lymph nodes.
Diagnosis usually requires histopathological examination of biopsied tissue samples.
Surgical excision is usually curative, although the judicious use of laser therapy or cryotherapy may assist resolution in cases that involve large amount of eyelid tissue where resection may be difficult.
Recurrence is uncommon with these tumors.
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