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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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An x-ray has revealed our cat has swelling around the lumbar

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An x-ray has revealed our cat has swelling around the lumbar region. What could this be please?
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I'm sorry for the delay in responding to you. It's very difficult to be specific for you from the history you provided and so I'll need more information. Why was an X-ray taken? Was there a history of trauma? What symptoms has Stewie demonstrated that prompted an X-ray? How long has the swelling been present? Is it painful? Does the X-ray suggest that the swelling is related to his lumbar skin, musculature, spinal column, or inside his abdomen? Is it possible to upload an image of the X-ray for me to review? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (not available if you're using the chrome brower) or an external app such as If you need help please [email protected]

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Stewie recently broke his tail and had to have it amputated. He had also squealed recently after being accidentally caught in a door (he is small and tends to get under your feet without you noticing!!). He has seemed ok after this apart from the fact he can sometimes be unusually aggressive which us why the vet recommended x-rays. Thank you.
Thank you for the additional information. I believe that you've answered your own question! Swelling in the lumbar region would be due to trauma to Stewie's soft tissues and/or skeleton. There may be multiple microfractures due to a crushing injury which can cause marked damage to soft tissue as well without causing any outward signs on Stewie's skin. His aggression, then, may well indicate persistent pain from his injuries and so Stewie would benefit from a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as meloxicam. If the meloxicam weren't effective enough, tramadol - a synthetic narcotic - can be prescribed for additional pain relief and continued until it was evident that Stewie had normalized. This might be in 6-10 weeks if microfracturing occurred or 2-4 weeks if only soft tissue were involved.

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Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
A specialist looked at the X-Ray and apparently could see no swelling, and Stewie has seemed a lot better the last couple of days. ūüėä The vet is seeing him again next week to check how he's doing. Thanks very much for your comments.
That's even better news. Thank you for letting me know.

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