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10/09 Feline Oral Tumor

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Annual Exams Are Important

Intro

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O ral tumors ( Benign and Malignant ) are not uncommon in dogs and cats. Factors that will dictate the treatment options are:

  • Age
  • Location
  • Tissue type
  • Owner compliance

Surgical biopsy, radiographs, and CT scans can give insight into the destructive properties and prognosis of the tumor.

Patient Info

"Topsy," a one year old feline tabby, was referred to our dental practice for evaluation and surgical removal of an oral mass. The referring veterinary practice completed a tissue biopsy and a diagnosis of ameloblastoma was confirmed. This type of tumor is usually benign, however it can be locally invasive and highly destructive.

Treatment

After the initial pre-surgical workup was complete, a detailed oral exam was done under a general anesthetic. Our treament plan consisted of:

  • Complete radiographic evaluation

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1.Resorption / embedded tooth. 2.D/V view ameloblastoma

  • Surgical removal of all involved teeth
  • Gingival (Gum tissue) elevation , careful removal of all affected bone and surrounding tissue.

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G/ elevation : High speed water cooled drill.

  • Care should be taken to incorporate wide margins and not enter the nasal chamber.

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Complete removal of tumor, affected bone, and surrounding tissue.

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Tissue apposition / Intra nasal catheter.

Discussion

At "Topsy's" two month recheck he appeared very comfortable. Complete excision of a this type of tumor will reduce the chances of reoccurrence. "Topsy" continues to do well.

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Two months Post Op.

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