Mr Wilson, a gorgeous 8 year old male chocolate Labrador, presented to the clinic after his owners had noticed a lump on his right front limb.
Dr Helen recommended a fine needle aspirate (FNA) be performed so that the contents of the lump could be seen under the microscope. Dr Helen couldn’t identify the cells from the lump under the microscope so it was decided that the FNA would be sent to the laboratory for further examination. Dr Helen was concerned that she could see spindle cells from the lump under the microscope. Spindle cell sarcoma is a type of connective tissue cancer in which the cells are spindle-shaped when examined under a microscope.
When the results returned from the laboratory, the pathologist conclusion was that Spindle cells dominated the smears. This could be an early small spindle cell tumor or it could be 'fibroplasias' (the formation of fibrous tissue, as normally occurs in the healing of wounds.)
It was decided that the lump would best be removed in order to attain a better diagnosis with a biopsy. As a general anesthetic is needed for the biopsy to be performed, Mr Wilson’s owners decided for him to also have a senior scan done at the same time. The senior scan tests are abdominal ultrasound and digital thoracic radiographs. These are non-invasive scanning procedures that can detect early stages of cancer and other diseases. When diagnosed early, many conditions can more often be successfully managed.
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Mr Wilson was prepared for his surgery and the biopsy of the lump was performed. Mr Wilson recovered extremely well from the procedure and was very brave for it. The results were returned a few days later from the laboratory from the biopsy and it was the best news we could’ve hoped for. Mr Wilson’s lump was a 'Fibroadnexal Hamartoma' which means random tissue.
Mr Wilson's owners were extremely happy with the news and decided to continue monitoring Mr Wilson for any further lumps and bumps. Although Mr Wilson's senior scan also returned normal results, we do recommend to continue having the senior scans performed every 6 months as changes in older patients can happen quickly. We look forward to seeing Mr Wilson again at the clinic for his senior scan!