Articles by Kim L. Cronin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM - Veterinary Medicine
Medicine Center
DVM Veterinary Medicine Featuring Information from:


Articles by Kim L. Cronin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM

Surgical oncology and pathology for the private practitioner

Mar 1, 2007

Bone aspirates are becoming increasingly more useful in diagnosis of ... bone lesions. needed

Deciphering the histiocytic code

Dec 1, 2006

Many clinicians cringe when they see the word histiocytic on a diagnostic report. The nomenclature of histiocytic diseases can be difficult to understand, leading to confusion in regards to diagnostic and therapeutic options. To further compound the confusion, it can be easy to misdiagnose these diseases with only routine histopathology. This article is designed to provide a better understanding of the histiocytic diseases, as well as to provide information regarding the diagnosis and clinical presentation of these diseases and available treatment options.

Oral tumors: Know the extent of disease prior to surgery

Oct 1, 2006

Author's note: The first article in this series covered melanomas and SCC in dogs (July, DVM Newsmagazine). This article will discuss fibrosarcoma and benign tumors in dogs as well as SCC and fibrosarcoma in cats.

Canine and feline oral tumors: Earlier is better

Jul 1, 2006

Oral tumors are the fourth most common cancer in dogs and represent 6 percent of all canine cancers. The most common malignant tumors in dogs are melanoma, fibrosarcoma, SCC and osteosarcoma. Benign tumors include the epulides (ossifying, fibromatous and acanthomatous) and other odontogenic tumors. In cats, oral tumors make up 3 percent of all feline cancers. SCC is the most common malignant tumor followed by fibrosarcoma. Benign oral tumors are much less common in cats.

Canine soft-tissue sarcomas

Lungs remain most common site of metastasis
May 1, 2006

Soft-tissue sarcomas (STS) are common for a practitioner to see as they compromise up to 15 percent of all skin tumors in dogs. The terms spindle-cell tumors and mesenchymal tumors have also been used to describe these tumors. STS are considered to be a family of tumors given that they are all derived from connective tissues and have a similar biologic behavior regardless of the histologic type (see Table 1). Histiocytic sarcomas, oral sarcomas, hemangiosarcoma and synovial cell sarcoma are generally not included given that these tumors have a different biologic behavior.


Click here