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Veterinarian Technician March 2012 (Vol 33, No 3)

Final View: A Perplexing Radiograph

by Kate Eiesland, RVT

    A 10-year-old, 12-lb, spayed domestic shorthaired cat presented with a history of vomiting and bloody stools for approximately 2 days. The client was concerned because the cat was lethargic, dehydrated, and vomiting undigested food that had been consumed 6 to 7 hours earlier.

    A chemistry panel, a complete blood count, urinalysis, and abdominal radiography were performed. The results of the blood work and urinalysis were unremarkable. The radiographs showed a large opaque area that was difficult to distinguish (FIGURE A).

    Radiograph
    The client opted for exploratory surgery, which quickly revealed the problem. The cat’s enlarged spleen practically emerged from the abdomen on its own (FIGURE B). The client chose euthanasia. The veterinarian thought the patient might have had lymphoma or hemangiosarcoma.

    A cat's spleen

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