Are you close to a veterinary school? They might be better able to come up with an answer. I have gone to Missouri University, a 3 hour drive, but worth it if you can get answers.
---- Lance <lini...@fastmail.fm> wrote: > We think it is congenital. I don't know of anything she's gone through > since I had her that would cause trauma resulting in a hernia. I've seen > her take some big leaps and fly across the room to land awkwardly on > something, but I don't think those had that kind of impact. > > I'm going to talk to her primary vet soon. I've now spoken to several > vets, and they are all advising caution. I just don't want her symptoms > to get worse (ie her to feel worse or to be threatened). We're going > into an awkward few weeks with a holiday and some issues I'll have with > getting her to surgery. We'll either need to do surgery in the next week > or two, or she'll have to wait a few weeks. > > On Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 04:30 PM, dlg...@windstream.net wrote: > > HOW is Ember doing? > > Is this a congenital thing? > > > > ---- Lance <lini...@fastmail.fm> wrote: > > > My 11 year old FeLV+, Ember, was diagnosed with a congenital > > > peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia after CT scans and a consult > > > between a surgeon and a radiologist. > > > > > > So far, her symptoms haven't been too scary: rapid breathing (but not > > > open mouth breathing or panting) and an odd posture she sometimes assumes > > > where she will "stand" with her forelegs and lie down with her back legs. > > > This tells me that she might be having some discomfort (one lobe of her > > > liver is involved in the hernia). She settles into lying down without > > > problem, and she rests normally. > > > > > > The symptoms have only begun in the last few months, as far as I know > > > (Ember and I weren't in the same part of the world for almost a year). > > > We'd been fearing cancer, so this would seem to be good news. > > > > > > The surgeon is gung-ho to take care of business, and he has an excellent > > > reputation with a lot of experience and education. However, I just spoke > > > to one of Ember's two vets about this, and he said, "If she were my cat, > > > I don't think I would do it." He's concerned about moving the liver, and > > > more importantly, about the surgeon having enough to work with when the > > > hernia is likely congenital. > > > > > > Has anyone on the list had experience with congenital hernias in cats? > > > I'd really like to get some more input before I make a decision. > > > > > > Thanks, > > > > > > Lance > > > _______________________________________________ > > > Felvtalk mailing list > > > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > > > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org