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First gastric carcinoid in a cat
An old cat with chronic vomitus and chronic renal failure. Nothing else to diagnose?! Not in this cat: it was suffering from a gastric carcinoid, and the complete excision stopped the vomitus immediately, but unfortunately did not improve the kidney function. A very interesting case description!

A geriatric domestic shorthair cat was presented for evaluation of chronic vomiting. Chronic renal failure was diagnosed on the basis of physical examination findings and results of a serum biochemical profile and urinalysis.

Endoscopically obtained gastric biopsies were suggestive of a carcinoid tumor.

Subsequently, an exploratory celiotomy with partial gastrectomy was performed.

Histopathological and electron microscopic analysis of surgical biopsy specimens confirmed the diagnosis of a gastric carcinoid, which has not been previously reported in the cat.

Following complete excision, the cat remained clinically stable and free of signs of gastrointestinal disease for 4 months before requiring treatment for progressive renal failure.



Source: John H. Rossmeisl, S. Dru Forrester, John L. Robertson, Wesley T. Cook (2002): Chronic Vomiting Associated With a Gastric Carcinoid in a Cat. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 38:61-66 (2002)




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