The spleen has several functions but principally blood
storage and filtration of abnormal or damaged redblood cells.
When this organ contains a tumour, even a benign one such
as a haemangioma, it can look and behave like an enormous
overripe strawberry which is extremely friable and will
rupture without much provocation.
Because it can reach giant proportions over a period of
time the symptoms tend to relate to blood loss as the "strawberry"
ruptures and bleeds internally.
It was only when "Lottie" had started to become
much more anaemic after a bleeding crisis that her symptoms
had become apparent to the owners. It comes as no surprise
to me that "Lottie" has perked up when you can
see what she has had removed! Still won't put me off my
favourite fruit though!!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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