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Kimmi's Mass-ive Recovery

Kimmi was recently referred to us for an ultrasound scan to investigate a large abdominal mass. She had visited her usual vet with a bout of vomiting and diarrhoea and the vet had been concerned about an abnormal growth felt in her tummy during gentle abdominal palpation.

Imaging suggested that the growth originated from her liver and appeared solitary. Before surgery to remove a tumour, it is very important to check for tumours elsewhere as evidence of spread makes the prognosis much worse. Likewise concurrent health problems can complicate treatment and need to be taken into account. Fortunately Kimmi appeared in good health otherwise and no other growths could be seen in her abdomen on ultrasound nor in her lungs on chest x-rays.

   

Kimmi returning for her post-op check complete with waggy tail!

   

Kimmi’s liver tumour: about the same size and weight as a tin of beans!

Although the liver tumour didn’t appear to be making Kimmi poorly, the major concern about a liver tumour is that there is a risk of spontaneous bleeding and this could be rapidly fatal; quite a few liver tumours only present when the dog has a large bleed and collapses.  The best way of preventing this is to remove the mass if they are amenable to surgery.

Last week Kimmi came in to have the liver tumour removed. Fortunately it was in an accessible location on the left lateral liver lobe and was easily removed with minimal blood loss. No other tumours were found and Kimmi made a rapid recovery from surgery. She was kept in our hospital overnight for pain relief and monitoring, before being discharged the following day.

Kimmi made a great recovery and everyone involved was pleased when the report came back from the lab saying the tumour was benign and surgery should be curative.

Thanks to Kimmi’s owners for allowing us to share this story.

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