Exam: 7.4 lb. 12 yrs old. O noted growth on right chest growing rapidly. Had small cyst noted on file about 4 yrs ago. Eating and drinking normally. Had Rabies vaccine 3 yr 7/28/16, FVRCP 3 yr and Leuk 7/1/16. Mainly indoor cat, but does go outside some during day. Wait on vaccines until biopsy of mass is in, Skin- about 1 ” diam, raised, firm, mulitlobulated mass right lateral chest on skin- no SQ attachment. Recommend removal and biopsy and can scale teeth at time of sx.
The diagnosis was made that this mass should be removed as it was growing rapidly and the owner was worried about its acutely changing character. At some point soon the mass would have ruptured and this mass would not have healed (stop bleeding/weeping) because the tissue was abnormal. The owner also agreed to clean the teeth while he was under to save from needing general anesthesia (the expense and potential patient safety).
Surgical excision and biopsy of skin mass. I used the CO2 laser as I think it minimizes bleeding and healing time.
Tempest is about 1 week post op. Biopsy is pending. Will update as we can.
pr-op costs were $50 exam, pre -op blood work to include CBC, full chemistry, T4,, urinalysis, fecal $170.
total cost of surgery was;
surgery pack $250 (iv fluids, catheter, fluid pump, surgical pack)
propoflo for induction $60
Mass removal $100
biopsy to lab $180
we also cleaned her teeth as she was already under genereal anesthesia for $75
Tempest was my surgical patient and this story is posted with the pet parents permission. Dr Magnifico performed the mass removal surgery.