Nov 14 2014

Kheetah’s adventures : who needs a liver lobe anyway?

liver xray

Kheetah is an 8 year old domestic short hair cat who was presented at the hospital for progressive weight loss despite a good appetite.  On her exam, a large tumour in her upper abdomen was evident, and her blood test revealed that there was an issue with her liver.  On Xray, we could see a very structure, which could have been coming from her liver or pancreas, pushing the stomach out of its normal position.

liver xray

An ultrasound was then performed on Kheetah. This step allows us to determine exactly where the tumour is coming from, as well as take samples. The samples were sent off to a pathologist so we could get more information about what we were dealing with.

While impatiently waiting for news however, Kheetah’s health took a bit of a turn for the worse: she stopped eating and became lethargic. She was very dehydrated and skinny at this point, and has also become anemic. We decided to hospitalise her and given her intravenous fluids to give her back some energy.

After 2 days, she was back on her feet. We waited impatiently for the sample results and they came inconclusive, but likely benign.

What a puzzle her case is! So we decided to go into surgery and see what we could do about it. Surgery was dangerous and could have gone either way, but Kheetah came through it like a champion! The abnormal tissue was confined to one single liver lobe and we were able to successfully remove the entire thing, including the gall bladder. While we were in there, we took a piece of one of the normal lobes, just to make sure nothing had spread

we took a piece of one of the normal lobes, just to make sure nothing had spread

The report came in about 10 days later: it was not quite as rosy as we hoped because there were signs of cancer in the lobe we took out, but the adjacent pieces were free and clear.

Now Kheetah is doing well at home, and is receiving no additional treatments. She will be back for a 3-month follow-up very soon so we can assess if there are any changes to the remaining liver.

We will need to keep a close eye on her, and no one knows what the future may hold, but so far so good!


mflynn | Surgery

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