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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Enigma » Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:25 am

Ok, i'm back from the vet... Isn't leaving your dog at the vet clinic for surgery just the worst feeling ever? I hate it.. The oncologist explained that the diagnosis is Mastocytosis, they will have to remove her lymph node along with the lump, because it's possible that the malign cells spread into it. The recovery is slow, the wound heals slowly, there can be more bleeding and swelling. How agressive the cancer really is will be known after they send the lump for more research. I can't wait to get Brina home today...
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Enigma » Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:44 am

Wait... I'm googling now... This is Mast Cell Tumor, right? We have different name in our language. I'm reading this:

http://www.kateconnick.com/library/mastcelltumor.html

I've read that Mastocytosis is only when there is systemic involvement, which in our case is not. Ok, so we have Mast Cell Tumor, i caught it early, they will remove it and i really hope we're done with that. :sad:
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Leslie H » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:20 am

http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=130120&hilit=mast+cell

There's a fair number of threads on mast cell tumors here. I'm hoping Brina is feeling better soon, and that the surgery has gotten everything.
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Enigma » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:29 am

Thanks! Yeah as sooon as i figured out it's called mast cell tumor in english i remembered i saw a bunch of threads about it here on PBF. I guess it's very common in our breed :sad:

Good news is, the surgery went great, i'm picking Brina up in two hours. :))
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Enigma » Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:59 pm

She's home. She refuses to lay on anything soft right now which is unusual for her, but ok, as long as she's comfortable. She's resting right now.

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The wound looks nice, no heavy bleeding, in 14 days we have to remove the stitches.
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Nickdawg » Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:58 pm

I'm glad she's home.... hoping for gd healing and results....
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby mtlu » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:40 pm

Sending hugs and wishes for a speedy recovery! :hug:
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby msvette2u » Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:54 pm

Aww poor baby!! I hope she gets better quick...on the plus side, she can hardly reach that incision so shouldn't chew out the stitches like Joe's dog did lol
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Enigma » Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:39 am

Thanks everybody!

Brina is almost back to normal again. This dog is so tough, it's fascinating, i can't believe how quickly she bounces back after every surgery. :)
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby FBODGRL » Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:09 pm

Glad she is feeling more herself :)
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Leslie H » Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:59 pm

Well that's good news.
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Enigma » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:30 am

Ehhh we were doing so good... Brina has diarrhea today and she vomited once. It could be the cooked horse meat she ate two days ago, but i doubt it since she never had diarrhea after eating it before. Right now she's only on Rimadyl and nothing more, i give it to her twice/day after a meal like the vet said.

Another thing is, her ankle is swollen quite a bit, this happened today.. And she grew another lump on her thigh. This one is soft so i hope it's just an allergic reaction and nothing more. The vet did say that allergies can develop right after surgery, i saw some red spots on her thigh the first couple of days, but they are gone now.

Her ankle:
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If it doesn't improve by tomorrow we'll just have to go to the vet again.
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:36 am

Poor Brina!!

Sending get well wishes her way! Keep us posted on her progress!
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Leslie H » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:13 pm

OK, that looks uncomfortable and worrisome. Poor little Brina.
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Re: Swollen lymph nodes

Postby Enigma » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:42 pm

The lump disappeared! So that's good. :)) The ankle is still swollen, but the swelling will probably go down soon. After her second surgery she had the same problem with swelling, they removed the remaining half of her mammary glands and her whole back leg was swollen, but it did go down eventually. She doesn't have diarrhea anymore and she only vomited once in the morning, i guess it was just something she ate. The wound looks good too, it's healing up nicely, they will remove the stitches next friday :)
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