Max is an affectionate and friendly 10 year old miniature
schnauzer with loving owners / “parents”. He loved to
playing fetch and spending time out in the yard. Max was
referred to Atascadero Pet Hospital by his regular
veterinarian in the central California valley for a second
opinion and treatment for progressive swelling and pain in
the left eye. It was also determined that Max had recently
acutely lost vision on his left side.
There are generally multiple causes for eye pain and
swelling. These causes are initially broken down to
intraocular causes (such as trauma, infections, glaucoma,
tumors,) and extra-ocular causes (such as infections,
tumors, foreign bodies, hemorrhage). We commonly see
abscesses from tooth root infections or foxtails that affect
the retrobulbar space behind the eye. Often these two causes
can be successfully treated, usually with no ensuing loss of
vision. For Max’s this was not the case.
Max was treated with a course of antibiotics at his primary
veterinarian. The swelling returned and Max loss some vision
in his left eye. An MRI study imaged a mass directly behind
the eye. Dr. Ofer Cherbinsky then used ultrasound guided
biopsy while Max was under general anesthesia to identify
the type of tumor to provide the optimal treatment plan. Max
soon returned for definitive surgery to remove the tumor and
relieve his discomfort. The surgery, performed by Dr.
Cherbinsky involved removal of the already blinded left eye
and delicate temporary removal and eventual replacement of
the zygomatic arch bone and masticatory muscles of the cheek
and face. After a short hospitalization, a more comfortable
Max was released to his loving owners. Today Max is still an
affectionate friendly dog, who loves to play fetch in the
yard, despite losing one eye.
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