Dogs are now lucky with safer brain tumour removal

Dogs are luckier with safer Brain Tumour removal
technique. Preliminary results from studies underway at
the University of Missouri, Columbia, suggest that
veterinarians may soon have a safer, more accurate
means of removing brain tumours in dogs.

Visually, normal brain cells can be very difficult to
distinguish from tumorous brain cells. This creates
challenges, as surgeons must remove all of the tumour
cells without leaving any behind, but avoid taking normal
brain tissue that the animal might need to see, breathe,
or survive.

The problem has been recently eliminated by injecting
sodium fluorescin, a water based dye, into the dog prior to
surgery. The dye leaks into the tumour, but not into normal
brain tissue. When subjected to UV or Cobalt blue light,
the tumour cells glow a bright, neon-green colour. This
allows for more successful, complete tumour removal with
much less risk of damaging normal tissue adjacent to the
tumour. The procedure is said to be very easy and very
inexpensive.

Studies continue on different breeds and different types of
brain tumours; owners with dogs that have either treatable
or terminable brain tumours are being invited to join the
study.
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