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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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WE HAVE A SHELTIE WHO,S BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS WITH HAVING A

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WE HAVE A SHELTIE WHO,S BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS WITH HAVING A BUILD UP OF FLUIDS IN HIS CHEST ACCORDING TO THE X RAYS THE VET TOOK . THEY DRAINED THE CLEAR FLUID ABOUT HALF A PINT BUT THE VET HAD CONCERNS WITH THE JAW WAS SWOLLEN THE SAME TIME AS WHETHER THERE MIGHT BE A SMALL TUMOUR AS WELL ALTHOUGH THEY CAN,T SEE IT THROUGH THE X RAYS ( THEY SEEN A SMALL SPECK ) . THIS IS WHAT CAUSED HIM TO COUGH A LOT ALTHOUGH HIS TEMP. WAS NORMAL ALL THE TIME BECAUSE OF THE BUILD UP OF FLUID IN HIS LUNGS. WE SEEING THEM AGAIN ON MON. HOW YOU EVER CAME ACROSS THESE CASES BEFORE AND WOULD IT BE ABLE TO REMOVE THE SMALL SPECK OF THIS TUMOUR WHATEVER IT IS AND TO PREVENT THE FLUIDS ENTERING HIS CHEST AGAIN ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Stephen, there are quite a few possible causes of a pleural effusion (a collection of fluid in the chest cavity). Neoplasia (a tumor, e.g.) is just one possible cause. It can also arise secondary to heart disease, a lack of albumin in the body, lung lobe torsion, infection, a ruptured lymphatic duct, and bleeding into the chest cavity. The fluid that was removed must be analyzed by our pathologist; in particular, for its cellularity. Cells seen may have come from a tumor that wasn't readily visible in X-rays and so the diagnosis of a tumor can be made in that manner. If so, the type of tumor will dictate whether or not the tumor can be removed.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.