Ceasar’s vet for a belly ache revealed an unexpected finding!
His Belly Ache “Work Up” included:
1st STEP: Internal vital organs (blood & urine tests) which was normal
2nd STEP: Diagnostic imaging (x-rays & radiology consult)
SOMETHING was NOT NORMAL in his BELLY
The radiologist helped us with the diagnosis of a SPLENIC TUMOR
The SPLEEN is a vascular organ & when it’s got a TUMOR, it can RUPTURE
MOST of these TUMORS are ALREADY BLEEDING before they are discovered, leading to SHOCK & POOR PROGNOSIS
3rd STEP: Abdominal ultrasound
This allows us to see the splenic tumor & all the important organs in the belly
4th STEP: The online T-STAT (Tufts Splenic Assessment Tool) to help us determine the % PROBABILITY of CANCER.
@drboazman is thankful to have learned this from @drsuecancervet after meeting her in Fetch San Diego & attending her Splenic Tumor Lecture !
LAST STEP: SPLENECTOMY to remove the spleen & tumor to have it analyzed by a pathologist
Thankfully our surgeon with experience performed this operation quickly & without complication
A short anesthetic time = a smooth patient recovery
HAS YOUR PET BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A SPLENIC TUMOR ?