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05-20-2014 11:00 AM
huntergreen not sure what the canine normal values are, sorry.
05-19-2014 04:27 PM
WVGSD Going by what I see in human cytology reports, I also see an inflammatory response in the cell types (eosinophils, neutrophils and macrophages).
05-19-2014 06:35 AM
Anubis_Star A few mast cells can be normal. Rapid growth especially when poked is concerning and very mast cell like. The other two cells are white blood cells. Neutrophils normally attack infection eosinophils are normally present during something like an allergic reaction. They show an inflammatory response, beyond that cytology is not my strong point

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05-19-2014 05:03 AM
farnln She ended up having TWO masses removed on Friday.

By Thur. eve. another, much smaller, growth had appeared on the outside of her thigh. We wouldn't even have noticed it (hidden by thick hair), but she was itching and digging at it frantically.

The larger one began swelling while vet removed it, so she ended up with a cortisone shot during surgery. She has 4 staples & a bunch of stitches in her 'armpit' now and has to wear the 'cone' most of the time as she just can't leave them alone. She doesn't seem to be in any pain though.

The larger mass was sent out for testing and the results won't be back for a week or so.

Lab question?-is it normal to have ANY mast cells in aspirate? Also, can someone explain the original aspirate results to me?-(~70% eosinophils, 20% neutrophils, 10% macrophages) and ephithelial population. Only two mast cells were noted on the slide.

What, if anything does this indicate? Does it mean that 70% of the cells aspirated were eosinophils? and what does that indicate?

Thanks!
05-15-2014 07:08 PM
Colie CVT I was going to say, given her age and it looking the way it sounds, histiocytoma - which I think I am not spelling right - sounds like a good bet. My golden had one on his side when he was younger. Mast cell tumors can be a pretty common thing too. They have different grades, and as long as it is a grade one or two, they tend to be isolated and once removed with proper margins (they need deep margins), they don't tend to happen again.

Wishing you guys luck!
05-15-2014 05:58 PM
Lilie Best of luck, keeping you and your girl in my thoughts and prayers.
05-15-2014 05:25 PM
ApselBear Best of luck! Hope they can get this taken care of for your kiddo
05-15-2014 04:25 PM
farnln Visited vet this afternoon.

He feels that it is either a histiocytoma or a mast cell tumor. Probably leaning towards the histiocytoma because of her age, but it is rather large for a histiocytoma.

Vet wants it out sooner rather than later.

Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow AM.
05-15-2014 12:09 PM
Anubis_Star Hmmmm.... oncology is definitely not my specialty. Inflammatory could be a good thing, could be a reaction vs. a neoplastic concern. A few mast cells can be seen on normal aspirates and not be a huge concern. I would have the entire mass removed and sent off for pathology review. That way if it does come back as something malignant you already hopefully have it remove and got clean margins.

Do I normally see tumors that young? No. Have I? Unfortunately, yes, but it's rare.
05-14-2014 06:08 PM
farnln I am following up with my vet tomorrow.
Just wondered if anyone else has had a dog this young have a tumor.
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