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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Would the neoplastic invasion cause vomiting? Our vet had

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Would the neoplastic invasion cause vomiting?
Our vet had only felt the swollen glands in his throat
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

It could result in vomiting/regurgitation due to direct irritation at the primary site of a cancer; in other words, coughing/gagging resulting in a terminal gag and regurgitation of stomach and esophageal contents and vomiting/regurgitation could also arise secondary to metastasis of the cancer into his upper gastrointestinal tract. The swollen glands suggest that metastasis has already occurred. Diagnostics should also involve a needle aspiration of a swollen gland and microscopic examination of the aspirate looking for malignant cells. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
This all started after he had been in a field known to have ticks. Could this be tick bite fever? Just noticed what looks like a small tick on his eyelid
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

The hallmarks of tick-borne infections are fever, lameness, and bleeding tendencies. Swelling of the jaw as you described isn't consistent with a tick-borne infection.