Nikki’s Big Tumor Removal

October 17, 2013Surgery
Author: David S. Thomson DVM

I met Nikki for the first time three weeks ago. A ten-year-old female Husky, she was referred to me for excision of a tumor involving the skin and subcutaneous tissue of the lower lumbar region. “Run-of-the-mill surgery,” I thought, skimming through the record. Not so, I discovered when I actually met her.

She had what looked like a volleyball growing off her back! This was not just a collection of fat, but an invasive sarcoma. The owners had been watching the tumor grow for two years, hesitant to put Nikki through surgery. Now, however, something had to be done. They asked if I could take it off, and with some trepidation I said yes.

Nikki came in for a recheck five days after her surgery, looking quite svelte. We are so pleased that she is doing well.

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