Leiomyosarcoma of Stomach, Small and Large intestine in Cats
Leiomyosarcoma is an uncommon cancerous tumor, which, in this case, arises from the smooth muscles of the stomach and intestines. This extremely dangerous and painful disease affects mostly older cats (more than six years old), though all breeds are equally predisposed to leimyosarcoma. Moreover, the cancer has a tendency to metastasize to other sites in the gastrointestinal tract and other body organs.
Symptoms and Types
Most symptoms are related to gastrointestinal tract, including:
The exact cause for this cancer is currently unknown.
You will need to give a thorough history of your cat’s health, including the onset and nature of the symptoms. He or she will then perform a complete physical examination, as well a biochemistry profile, urinalysis, and complete blood count (CBC) -- the results of which are usually within normal ranges. However, in some cats with advanced forms of the disease, few abnormalities, including anemia, abnormally highly number of white blood cells (leukocytosis), and abnormally low glucose levels (hypoglycemia) may be noted. Other diagnostic procedures include abdominal X-rays and ultrasounds, which help to identify changes in the stomach and intestinal walls, such as thickening of the wall. Contrast radiography, meanwhile, is used to enhance visualization of tissue and improve localization of the tumor.
Endoscopy is another valuable tool for direct visualization of the affected areas. This is performed with an endoscope, a rigid or flexible tube inserted into the esophagus down to the stomach and intestines. As well as visually inspecting the region, the veterinarian will remove a sample of the affected area (stomach and/or intestine) for biopsy to confirm diagnosis.
An increase in the number of white blood cells (abnormal)
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
A procedure of imaging internal body structures by exposing film
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The term for a type of fur on cats that have two colors, spotted or striped
Low amounts of glucose in the blood
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
The exiting of excrement from the body; bowel movements.
The movement of gas in the gut that causes noise.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The process of making something larger by dilating or stretching it
A type of instrument that is used to look inside the body
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
Passing stool with blood in it