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Rare Bone Tumor

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Hi

I am hoping a vet or other knowledgeable member can help me track down the name of a rare bone tumor that one of my grooming clients has been diagnosed with. It is some sort of chrondosarcoma? The location of the tumor is in the skull right between the eyes (on a brachycephalic) and apparently the only other place they can occur is the jaw bone, and if the metastasise ( not sure if that's the right term but you know, if they spread) they usually go to the liver?

I have seen the name, but dr.google hasn't helped. If I see it again I will know it. It is two word, the first two or three syllables, the second, somethingorotherchrondosomthingorother!

Any ideas.

Thank you.

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Scratch   

Just guessing (with the help of dr google)

Mesenchymal chondrosarcoma ?

No that is not it. But a huge thanks for your efforts !

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Rappie   

Is it something like a multilobular osteochondrosarcoma? Most of the long names tend to describe either the locatiion or the tissues involved and there can be various terms to describe one thing.

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Scratch   

Yes I'm pretty sure that's it! Thanks guys. I see her for a bath again an about 3 weeks so I will clarify it then.

It's a 10.5 yrs old ShihTzu type dog. I noticed the slight bump between her eyes several months back and the owner concurred she thought it felt different, and went to the vet. Physical examination at the vet just said its normal. The dog is very brachycephalic and was kind of hard to tell, although both myself and the owner thought there was a slight change there. Anyway, next few times I see the dog every six or eight weeks or so, it was hard to tell if it had changed more.....until last visit seven weeks ago I was immediately alarmed by the change and urged the owner to revisit the vet. Scans, X-rays, blood tests, specialists etc and they got the diagnosis. Today it was seven weeks since I had seen her and it had grown rapidly. There isn't really anything that can be done for the dog, realistically. She has pain medication, and still looks well and active. The vet said they'd like to say she might be around in a years time, but they're not really willing to speculate.

It is one of the weirdest things I have seen/felt on a dog in almost 30 yrs!

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bamboo   

This sounds the same as the cancer my Tibetan spaniel x Loki had.An attempt was made to surgically remove the lump but it was not possible. None of the vets had encountered this form previously due to its rarity. We chose palliative care only for Loki, and he stunned everyone by living a few more years. He began to have seizures due to the pressure on his brain, but these were quickly and effectively prevented with nothing more than metacam for around two years. His head became grossly mishapen as the bony lump grew,but Lokis quality of life remained good. I would estimate the lump was around 5cm thick at his death. He was euthanized when his back legs became weak and uncoordinated. Please let your client know that if they are lucky their dog too might live happily much longer than expected and to not rush to euthanasia if the dog becomes peculiar looking as the lump grows. I found it quite confronting as Lokis head and face became distorted, as did others who saw him, but neither the vets or I could see anything that suggested he wasn't enjoying life.

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strange..but this week another friend posted about her dog who has similar... and the story corroborates what has b een said about Loki...

Helen

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Scratch   

Thanks for your input bamboo, and helen

I saw her again today and yes, it is definitely MLO multilobular osteochondrosarcoma :(

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I groomed this lovely little poppet again last week. Her tumor has grown quite a bit in the 8 weeks since I saw her last. Her mum and I had a teary discussion about her future. It's not going to end well, nothing more than pain relief can really be done now. Her mum is facing having to make a decision before her darling dog slides too far :cry:

I took some pictures of her tumor. It's now about golf ball size and sits squarely between her eyes and juts up from the natural line of her skull, and protrudes out to about half way down her short muzzle. Some clever hair style disguises it pretty well!

She still seems quite well, but its day by day.

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The poor thing :( No one should have to go through cancer.

Gorgeous groom by the way :)

Thank You!

It's so sad to see her and her mum. They really are the sweetest pair. :(

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I saw this darling again the other day. Her tumour has grown and changed a lot in the six or so weeks since I saw her last. Her time is ticking.......hope to see her at xmas.

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