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Mon, Oct 27, 2014

Patient: “Molly”, a 15 year-old domestic shorthair cat History: The owner reports that Molly hasn’t been acting like herself for the past 3-4 months. Over the past few days, she has become even less interactive with the owner and is walking in circles. Physical exam findings: Molly is quieter and less active than would be expected in the veterinarian’s office. She walks in circles when placed on the clinic floor and appears to be blind. Blood work is normal. The veterinarian is suspicious of intracranial (within the skull) disease and orders an MRI study of the brain. MRI findings: Tumor causing disruption of normal brain tissue Diagnosis: Meningioma. This is a cancerous tumor originating from the thin tissue covering of the brain (meninges) and is common in older cats. Surgical treatment may be indicated depending on the location and size of the tumor. MRI is the best way to diagnose abnormalities within the brain such as tumor, inflammation, infection, abnormalities in blood flow, or congenital malformation.