Total scapulectomy for the treatment of chondrosarcoma in a cat


A firm soft tissue mass located over the craniolateral aspect of the right scapula was evident during palpation. The mass extended close to the shoulder joint but did not cause lameness of the affected limb.


Examination of a biopsy specimen obtained from the mass ndicated chondrosarcoma. Total scapulectomy was performed to allow wide excision of the tumor. Weight bearing on the operated limb was tolerated 12 hours after surgery. Six months after surgery, limb function was assessed and considered excellent. The owner reported that the cat had its typical amount of activity and was able to jump and play normally. No recurrence of the tumor was evident 6 months after surgery.

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