Fibromatous Epulis and Peripheral Odontogenic Fibroma in Horses

This clinical commentary by A.R. Hollis of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, recommends wide local excision to give the best possible prognosis.

“All pedunculated and sessile gingival lesions have been designated as ‘epulis’, with an epulis being a nonspecific, descriptive term for a benign, locally exophytic growth of the oral mucosa.”

An open access article in the British Equine Veterinary Association’s (BEVA’s) and AAEP’s Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal discussed “fibromatous epulis and peripheral odontogenic fibroma in horses.” The author of this clinical commentary was A.R. Hollis of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge in the U.K.


“Fibromatous epulis is a rare tumour in horses which is analogous to the same condition in dogs and peripheral odontogenic fibromas in man. The nomenclature is varied throughout the veterinary literature, but these tumours are most correctly known as peripheral odontogenic fibromas. Although these lesions are benign, they have a high recurrence rate in other species, so wide local excision is important to give the best possible prognosis.”

This open access article can be found in the BEVA online library.

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