Case Report: Large Abdominal Mass

Zodiak, a nine-year old intact male Finnish Spitz, went to his veterinarian in April for pain in his hind end. His veterinarian ran bloodwork and took x-rays of Zodiak’s abdomen and pelvis. Zodiak’s bloodwork did show that he was positive for Lyme Disease but the veterinarian did not believe this was the source of his discomfort. An x-ray of his abdomen revealed a large mass of unknown origin. The veterinarian proceeded with an ultrasound of Zodiak’s abdomen and measured the mass at 6cm X 9cm. Zodiak was then referred to the Surgical Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia to discuss the possibility of removing the mass.

Zodiak came in for surgery on June 28th. Surgery revealed a 10cm X 8cm mass originating from the falciform fat (the remnant of the umbilical vein). Fortunately the mass turned out to be a lipoma (fatty tumor). Zodiak is home with his thankful mom. The news could not be better for Zodiak’s recovery!