Case Studies: Cancer & Wound Management

Thyroid carcinoma in a dog

A 45 kg, 10 year old cross bred dog presented for CT chest/neck and surgical removal of an apparently well defined mass between the left carotid artery and the trachea. Our colleague Mayra had recently scanned him. A CT scan of the chest was unremarkable. The mass was approached from ventrally and it was removed with...

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Soft tissue sarcoma of the tail

A 12y female Border Collie presented with a massive (>2kg) soft tissue mass over the right rump. This was believed to be a soft tissue sarcoma and had grown over a couple of years. It was removed with reductive intent rather than curative intent. Histopathology reported it as: Intermediate grade soft tissue sarcoma. Deep invasion...

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Insulinoma

Lucy, a 6y female Border Collie presented with worryingly low glucose levels, caused by an insulinoma, a tumour of the pancreas. The pancreas has two main jobs – it produces enzymes to be delivered to the gastro-intestinal tract to digest food, and it produces hormones insulin which controls blood sugar. Insulin moves glucose from blood...

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Vaginal leiomyosarcoma in a labrador

A 7 year old female Labrador presented with a large soft tissue mass, a leiomyosarcoma (a malignant tumour of smooth muscle cells), in the perineum (the area between the vagina and the anus). It originated from the dorsal vaginal wall very close to, and just in front proximal of, the urethra on the ventral aspect....

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“Screw tail” in a Bull dog

A 3y old Bulldog presented for attention her breed-related “screw tail”. The deep skin folds associated with the cork-screw tail led to festering skin infections. Once the tail vertebrae had been removed the skin was reconstructed. The cosmetic result once the wound has healed will be nice, and smelly infection should be a thing of...

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