Image-guided transnasal cryoablation of a recurrent nasal adenocarcinoma in a dog

S. M. Murphy, J. A. Lawrence, C. W. Schmiedt, K. W. Davis, F. T. Lee, L. J. Forrest, D. E. Bjorling

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An eight-year-old female spayed Airedale terrier with rapid recurrence of a nasal adenocarcinoma following image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy was treated with transnasal, imageguided cryotherapy. Ice ball size and location were monitored real-time with computed tomography-fluoroscopy to verify that the entire tumour was enveloped in ice. Serial computed tomography scans demonstrated reduction in and subsequent resolution of the primary tumour volume corresponding visually with the ice ball imaged during the ablation procedure. Re-imaging demonstrated focallysis of the cribriform plate following ablation that spontaneously resolved by 13 months. While mild chronic nasal discharge developed following cryoablation, no other clinical signs of local nasal neoplasia were present. Twenty-one months after nasal tumour cryoablation the dog was euthanased as a result of acute haemoabdomen. Image-guided cryotherapy may warrant further investigation for the management of focal residual or recurrent tumours in dogs, especially in regions where critical structures preclude surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-333
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Small Animal Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011


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