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Twisted Spleen in Cats




Patients with GDV should be considered a surgical emergency. After fluid therapy and medical treatment, a surgery to remove the spleen (splenectomy) will need to be performed. At this time, the stomach should be surgically affixed, or it may flip again at a later date. A splenic sample should be submitted for histopathologic examination (laboratory study of abnormal tissue). Fluid support and cardiovascular monitoring will be provided after splenectomy.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your cat's progress. You will need to monitor the surgical site for cleanliness, following your veterinarian's instructions for proper methods of cleaning a post-surgery wound. Post-surgery infection is a serious issue of concern. If you observe any redness, swelling, itching, or oozing at the site, you will need to contact your veterinarian. Because the spleen plays a role in the immune system, there is some concern that the absence of the spleen may place an animal at an increased risk of infection. You may wish to talk with your veterinarian about ways to strengthen your cat's immune system, or to protect it from injury and illness.


If your cat shows symptoms of GDV again, call your veterinarian immediately for advisement.



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