Growing lump in coastal

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  1. katjase

    katjase Not so new Member

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    hey guys
    i have a coastal male he is 6 years old and in the last month he has had a small lump in his mid section it started small and now is the size of a medium rat in his body.
    its not any food item he was cooled just before winter for breeding.
    yes im booked in for the vet on friday, i just wanted to tyr and understand a bit better of what it is that may be wrong with him,
    he also has some behaviour issues just in the last coupple of days he will not stop moving around his enclosure and he has destroyed it, i only use newspaper as substraite and he has a hide and sticks, and water.
    he has always been looked after, i just wanted advise because a reptile specialist is 3 houres away so i have to deal with the knowlage of the local vet, when i booked in they said they may not be able to help.

    thanks for all your help guys i got into the vet today and it is what you guys said its a tumour, and he has had to be euthanized, but atleast he isnt in any pain anymore, the vet showd me the xray and showed me the cancer and also pointed out that there were 4 more smaller tumour's. so again thanks for all your help,
    cheers, jason
     
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    That doesn't sound very good. A lump that's gotten to that size in such a short time can't be healthy. I'm sorry I have no idea what it could be but a vet trip is definitely a must. Having a vet that knows reptiles could get much better results than your normal vet as they will most likely have a better idea of what's going on and what treatment will get the best results. I hope the news is good, but the unusual behaviour sounds like it might be in a bit of pain/ discomfort. All the best with him. Will be thinking of you.
     
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    pythrulz Very Well-Known Member

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    Yes that sounds bad maybe some sort of tumor well all the best I have never taken my reptiles to a vet but really vets are trained In all animals I presume so any vet would and should know what the problem Is.I guess In the meantime try and do some research .If the local vet cant help then you may need to travel to the specialts
     
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    at the very least ur vet should be able to xray the lump and have a general idea of what it is and you can go from there.

    i took a beardy with a lump to the vet a while ago and from the density of the lump in teh xrays they could tell it was a tumour.


    it doesnt sound good anyway with how fast its growing.

    Good luck to you and your boy, i hope you can post some good news on friday..
     
  5. A vet is the only option really. I've lost several pythons over the years to tumours - they seem prone for some reason...

    Jamie
     
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    Good luck mate, hopefully its not a major issue but as said above...growing that quickly...could be an issue. Fingers crossed for you tho!
     
  7. Bluetongue1

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    It would be definitely a tumour from what you have described and your local vet can deal with that. If it is a malignant tumour, then it is likely cancer cells have broken off the main tumour and spread through the body. Each cell is then able to produce a new tumour. There is an outside chance it may be encapsulated (surrounded by a fibrous sheath). If this is the case, there is a possibility it can be removed entirely, depending on what tissue / organ it is growing in.

    FYI
    Cancer cells occur when the DNA, which tells the cell what to be and how to go about it, is altered. This can happen as a result of exposure to certain chemicals (carcinogens) or as a result of an error in copying the DNA when cells duplicate themselves. Cancer cells all have two features in common – they grow and reproduce faster than normal body cells and they are non-functional i.e. don’t do the job they are supposed to do.

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    As mentioned above, tumour is the most likely cause - whether its treatable or not will depend on what they find on the initial tests. A second possibility is an abscess. Either way your snake needs the appropriate investigations before you can have any certainty with respect to what you are dealing with.
     
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    How did this turn out.
     
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    Added by op on 19 jul
     
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    Sorry for your loss mate. :(
     
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