Case Report: Removal of Benign Adenoma

Kadin, a ten-year old male neutered Siberian husky, presented to the Emergency Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia for shaking and one episode of vomiting.

The previous day Kadin got into the pantry and ate two bags of dog treats. The next morning Kadin’s mom noticed small pieces of plastic in his stool and he vomited once. Later that evening he began shaking and mom was unsure if he was having a seizure, even though he had no history of seizures.

At the Emergency Division bloodwork and x-rays were done and a large abdominal mass was located. The Internal Medicine Division did an ultrasound to determine to what the mass was attached. It was determined that the mass was attached to a liver lobe and would need to be removed.

The next day Dr. Minihan of the Surgical Division performed surgery on Kadin to remove the mass and possibly the liver lobe. The pedunculated (having a stalk-like structure) mass was attached to the left lateral liver lobe. Dr. Minihan was able to remove the mass with the Ligasure unit that cuts and cauterizes at the same time. There was very minimal bleeding, the rest of the liver and the spleen looked normal, and the gallbladder expressed easily. All signs of a positive outcome. The tumor was submitted for pathological exam.

We are happy to report that the tumor was a benign adenoma. This means that the surgery was curative and this sweet old boy can continue to thrive.