This is an uncommon inflammatory condition of subcutaneous fat in which lumps appear over the back and along the sides of the body, much like marbles beneath the skin. These lumps are more apparent on the short haired breeds.
As the disease progresses, the lumps ulcerate and drain, then heal by scarring. The dog usually runs a fever and appears lethargic.
The cause of this disease is unknown.
Biopsy of a nodule confirms the diagnosis.
Surgical excision is the treatment of choice for a solitary nodule. With multiple nodules, treatment involves corticosteroids and/or vitamin E. The outlook for long-term recovery is good.
There is currently no known prevention for this condition.
Please contact your veterinarian if you think your pet may have this condition.
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