All Pets Veterinary Clinic

Oral Lymphosarcoma


This cat was presented with a history of difficulty swallowing. Upon
closer inspection of the oral cavity, a nickle sized mass was found
protruding from the palate.








The mass was carefully dissected from the palate until it was totally
exposed.









It was then removed.










Histopathology (biopsy) revealed the mass to be lymphosarcoma. This
is an uncommon site for this type of tumor. More commonly, lymphosarcoma
occurs in the lymph nodes, GI tract, or skin. The long term prognosis
for animals with lymphosarcoma is typically poor. However, there are
more aggressive and less aggressive forms of this type of cancer. The
cat was doing fine following surgery. After one year, the tumor had
not returned.
















Karen Blakeley, DVM, MPH
24 August 2003