Oncology and Soft Tissue Cases

Soft tissue sarcoma in a six year old Hungarian Vizla

A six year old Hungarian Vizla was referred with a large mass over the left hip. A biopsy revealed that this mass was a malignant tumour of the soft tissues (sarcoma). It was surgically removed and the very large wound resulting from this was reconstructed using a skin flap. Pathology results indicated that the removal was complete.


Mast cell tumour on the nose of a seven year old mixed breed dog

A seven year old mixed breed dog was referred with a small mass on his nose, previously diagnosed as a mast cell tumour. The mass was surgically removed with wide margins, which necessitated a skin flap to reconstruct the face and preserve cosmetics. The removal appeared complete and the tumour was of low grade. Surgery is therefore highly likely to have been curative for this patient.


Diaphragmatic hernia in a three year old cat

A three year old cat was referred because he was not breathing well and had been very quiet around the house. X-rays identified that the thin sheet of muscle separating the abdominal cavity from the chest cavity (the diaphragm) was torn, and many abdominal organs had moved into the chest and were squashing the lungs (‘diaphragmatic hernia’). Our soft tissue specialists took him to surgery and found that parts of the intestine, liver, and even a kidney had moved into the thorax. The organs were repositioned back into the abdomen and the diaphragm repaired.

Two weeks after surgery the cat was very active, breathing normally and up to his usual tricks. A chest x-ray confirmed that the lungs were now fully inflated and the diaphragm repair was intact. We expect him to go on to make a complete recovery.



Migrating foreign body in a two year old Springer Spaniel

A two year old Springer Spaniel was referred with a fever and was in a lot of pain when pressed along the back. A CT scan performed by our advanced imaging service showed an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the muscles near the spine. Our soft tissue surgery specialists took the dog to surgery and found the fluid was in fact infected pus, and a grass seed was buried in the wall of the abscess (shown against a centimetre scale). This is what is called a ‘migrating foreign body’ and was likely caused by the dog inhaling the grass seed when running or sniffing and it slowly worked its way from the lungs to the muscles of the back. Now the grass seed has been removed we would expect this dog to make a full recovery.


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