Bladder stones

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESJasper is a 7 year old, neutered male, orange and white cat that has been urinating bloody urine frequently for a couple months.

 

 

 

 

He had a urinalysis and x-rays taken and calcium oxalate crystals were found, along with 2 stones in his bladder.  Here is the initial x-ray taken of his bladder.
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At the time of his bladder stone diagnosis, he was found to have a heart murmur.  An echocardiogram was performed and Jasper was diagnosed with an elongated mitral valve, causing some outflow obstruction (which makes the blood flow turbulent, leading to the murmur).  He was started on 2 heart medications and cleared for surgery.

His surgery (a cystotomy) went very well.  SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThere was concerned for a very inflamed bladder, due to the expected spikiness of the stones and how long they had been in his bladder, but everything looked very healthy.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

 

 

 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThis is the bladder, exteriorized through the incision.

 

 

A small, sterile “spoon” is inserted into the bladder through an incision, and the stones removed.

 

 

 

The bladder is sutured closed and tested to make sure it doesn’t leak.

 

 

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These were the two, spiky stones found in the bladder.

 

 

An x-ray was taken post-op to make sure no stones were missed.  He then had his teeth cleaned and he woke up well.  A few hours after surgery he had already urinated in his litter box!

 

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