Codo is feline fine following brain surgery

A British Blue cat has undergone laser-assisted brain surgery to dissect and remove a forebrain meningioma at Davies Veterinary Specialists.

Twelve-year-old Codo hadn’t been himself for a couple of months and his owners booked an appointment with the neurology service at the veterinary hospital.

Neurology resident Victoria Argent spotted an inconsistent menace response in Codo’s right eye – a clue that all might not be well. Given the information provided by his history, and the fact that his eyes were normal, he was diagnosed with a problem affecting his left forebrain. Subsequently an MRI scan revealed a large growth, causing compression of the occipital and temporal lobes.

“Although it’s impossible to be certain without taking a sample, this had the typical appearance of a meningioma,” said head of neurology and diagnostic imaging Pete Smith, who carried out the surgery. “Meningiomas in cats are typically slow-growing and, if they can be successfully removed, the outlook for patients is very good.”

Picture: Codo’s MRI scan.

See the full report on page 16 of the March 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.

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