Nostril Tumour in a Dog
Lady developed a nasty bleeding tumour just inside her right nostril. It made her sneeze and each time she did so, it would bleed.
We placed Lady on an IV drip and anaesthetised her to have a good look. It was a raised, nodular and raw surfaced tumour. A biopsy showed it to be a squamous cell carcinoma. It was attached to the cartilage between the two nostrils. We performed two freezing (cryosurgery) sessions on the tumour, but it kept bleeding and irritating Lady.
Lady was referred to the Animal Referral Hospital at Homebush to see Sarah Goldsmith and David Simpson.
Lady had a cat scan done on her chest to ensure there were no secondary tumours in her lungs- the results were clear.
An MRI of her skull showed a well defined tumour in her right nostril (see images below).
Sarah decided to open the nostril up by making an incision along the nose. Using retracting forceps, she was able to visualise the raised, nodular tumour attached top the cartilage which separates the nostrils. The tumour was cut out with 4-5mm margin leaving an open defect between the front of the two nostrils (a great spot to hand a nose ring if Lady had been a bull).
The wound was sutured close. A histopathology report gave clear margins.
Lady recovered very well with her slightly re-shaped nose and has not had any more bleeding episodes.