Mediastinal Lymphoma in Dogs
Mediastinal lymphoma is located in the mediastinum in the thymus. It is also known as thymic lymphoma.
- Like other forms of lymphoma, this variation occurs more in middle aged and old dogs than in younger ones.
- Both genders are equally susceptible to this ailment.
- Some breeds are more susceptible to developing mediastinal lymphoma than others. These dog breeds include:
- German shepherds
- Golden retrievers
- Basset hounds
- Scottish terriers
Mediastinal Mass in Dogs
- Mediastinal mass is located in the tissues at the chest cavity. Thus, this can cause fluids to collect and build up around the lungs.
- Signs and symptoms of a mediastinal mass include:
- Skin scaling
- Dull hair and hair loss
- Abdominal discomfort
- Breathing difficulties
- Weight loss
- Profound lethargy
- Dark, tarry stool
- Certain neurologic signs such as seizures and lack of muscle coordination
Causes and Treatment
- The exact cause of mediastinal lymphoma is unknown. Still, those with a family history of this ailment are more susceptible.
- Exposure to certain chemicals can also lead to mediastinal lymphoma as well as to other forms of lymphoma.
- Treatment options are similar to those in other cancer ailments:
- Surgery is an option only if the lymphoma mass is localized.
- Radiation therapy is also done if the mass is localized.
- Chemotherapy is among the most common and effective ways to treat this ailment.
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