Sterile nodular/granulomatous dermatoses are diseases in which the primary lesions or masses of tissue, are solid, elevated, and greater than one centimeter in diameter. These nodules are usually the result of an infiltration of inflammatory cells into the skin and be a reaction to interal or external stimuli.
Your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam on your cat, with a blood chemical profile, a complete blood count, an electrolyte panel and a urinalysis. You will need to provide a thorough history of your cat's health leading up to the onset of symptoms.
The physical exam should include a dermatologic exam, during which skin biopsies for histopathology can be taken to determine if structural changes have occurred in the tissue. Skin scrapings will also be examined microscopically and cultured for bacteria, mycobacteria and fungi.
Most of these skin disorders can be treated on an outpatient basis, unless they have reached a severe stage. A few of these disorders, such as malignant histiocytosis, amyloidosis, and nodular dermatofibrosis, are almost always fatal. Cats with calcinosis cutis may need to be hospitalized for sepsis and intense topical therapy.
Some of the other forms of dermatoses with nodules or granulomas are discussed below:
Your veterinarian will prescribe medication dependent upon your cat's diagnosis and condition. Bloodwork and a urinalysis will need to be performed every six months if your cat is taking long-term glucocorticoids. If your cat is taking dimethylsulfoxide for calcinosis cutis, bloodwork should be performed every 1-2 weeks to monitor calcium levels until they are regulated.
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