Mollie’s Story

Update posted by Cassie Bond On Mar 14, 2017

** UPDATE **

Mollie’s scan and tests have now been analysed and studied by the hospital vets, briefly summarised as follows:-

“On presentation Mollie was a bright, happy, interactive young dog.

Physical examination revealed marked thickening of the right upper lip and granulation tissue was evident on the inside aspect of the lip. 2 upper teeth were missing on the right. There was no evidence of ongoing infection. The right cornea revealed evidence of scarring.

Neurological examination revealed a right sided trigeminal nerve defect – with no facial sensation on the right and right masticatory muscle atrophy. Mollie displayed a lack of vision on the right.

Blood tests were normal.

An MRI scan of her head revealed a skull malformation (likely the cause of her tooth loss- as they would have had very little bone to anchor on) and muscle atrophy on the right. It was difficult to trace the route of the trigeminal nerve on the right through the skull and we suspect atrophy/ lack of this nerve. Thickening of the right upper lip (possibly secondary to the malformation of the skull or secondary to repetitive trauma) was also evident. No cause for the right sided blindness was evident.

A sample of the fluid surrounding her brain and spinal cord (CSF sample) was normal.

It is likely that the changes noted on Mollie’s skull are congenital in origin – this means that they occurred around the time of birth and could be due to abnormalities in her genes, but this does not necessarily mean that these changes were passed on from her parents / could have been passed to her other siblings (hereditary) but we cannot completely exclude this.”

“Follow up : We plan to see Mollie back at the Small Animal Hospital in order to perform a CT scan to better understand how her skull changes are causing problems with her nerve, and possibly more importantly for Mollie to take a deep sample of her lip tissue to ensure that there is no on-going infection there. I have also referred Mollie to Eye Vet Referrals in Frodsham to further assess her right eye, as currently I cannot explain the blindness in this eye.”

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Mollie will be re-admitted to the Small Animal Teaching Hospital at University of Liverpool on 7th March 2017 for these further tests.

At the moment, she has been prescribed some medication to ensure that her right eye does not become dry.

The cost of the deep tissue biopsy is an additional £300.00 (approx). The good news is that the hospital will carry out the CT scan free of charge – Mollie’s case is very unusual and they are interested in her for their own research.

I will continue to keep the page updated with news of Mollie and her progress.

Thank-you to everyone who has contributed so far and for all your kind wishes. I have been overwhelmed by people’s kindness and generosity.

Cassie

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