What’s Wrong With This Deer?

What’s Wrong With This Deer?

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It’s not uncommon to get a call or email about a strange occurrence found on a deer — from “messed up” antlers and hooves, to missing testicles on what appears to be a buck. But one of the most common deer phenomenon I’m asked about deals with various observable growths. Though some, such as cutaneous fibromas often called “deer warts,” might be more common than others, they still draw attention. One common growth that is often misidentified is the seroma, or hydrocyst.

A hydrocyst is a fluid-filled cyst that occurs in the subcutaneous space usually in the brisket area of a deer. It has been seen in the shoulder and hindquarter areas as well. A hydrocyst…



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