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Quiz: Brain Tumors in Dogs & Cats

Mark Troxel, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Woburn, Massachusetts

Neurology|March 2019|Peer Reviewed|Web-Exclusive

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Quiz: Brain Tumors in Dogs & Cats

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this quiz appeared with an incorrect video in question 1. The video has since been updated and the quiz corrected.

Brain tumors are relatively common in dogs and cats. With more access to advanced imaging and diagnostics (eg, MRI- and CT-guided biopsy) and improved neurosurgical techniques over the past few decades, veterinarians are increasingly able to diagnose and treat brain tumors to improve quality of life for patients and pet owners.

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A 9-year-old neutered male Maine Coon cat is presented for a 4- to 6-week history of pacing and circling to the right at home, with pacing present upon observation in the examination room.

What is the neuroanatomic localization?

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Another cat undergoes a brain MRI, which reveals a large contrast-enhancing extraparenchymal mass with the characteristic features of a meningioma, the most common brain tumor in cats.1 A left lateral rostrotentorial craniectomy is performed and the mass is completely removed. Histopathology confirms diagnosis of meningioma.

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What is the median survival time for a cat with this lesion?

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A 7-year-old spayed Boston terrier is presented for seizures and personality change. What is the most common primary brain tumor diagnosed in this breed?

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What is the average survival time for dogs with brain tumors that are treated with palliative care (eg, corticosteroids, anticonvulsants)?

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Which of the following statements is TRUE regarding intracranial meningioma?

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Which of the following medications has shown some effectiveness for treatment of canine meningioma?

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A 9-year-old neutered male boxer
A 9-year-old neutered male boxer

Figure 2 A 9-year-old neutered male boxer

Figure 2 A 9-year-old neutered male boxer

What is the most likely cause of this patient’s condition? 

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What is the median survival time following surgical treatment of canine meningioma?

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An MRI is taken of a 10-year-old neutered male crossbreed dog that is mentally dull and compulsively pacing (Figure 3). The dog has also been polyuric/polydipsic for the past few months.

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Which of the following statements is correct regarding pituitary tumors?

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