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STEM CELL TREATMENT: A SUCCESS STORY

STEM CELL TREATMENT: A SUCCESS STORY

2/2011 INITIAL DIAGNOSIS AND OPTIONS

Taz, a 2-year-old red male Pomeranian presented in February 2011. Taz was not feeling well. He had a decreased appetite and he was vomiting. Lab tests were performed and his kidney values were elevated. Because of his age we discussed possible congenital abnormalities (birth defects) as one of the possible causes of his symptoms. Imaging tests included ultrasound, which revealed an abnormal looking kidney. Taz was hospitalized and treated for his kidney disease. He was stabilized and discharged.

 

Bellerose has always been proactive concerning its patient care. As Taz grew it was apparent that his prognosis was poor…due to his kidney disease. We contacted our colleagues and consultants at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) and discussed the possibility of Taz becoming a recipient of stem cells as a way of treating his congenitally damaged kidney. At the time the AMC was admitting older patients suffering from kidney failure for their Stem Cell Program. However, after one on one discussion and multiple round table discussions our team (Bellerose and AMC) decided to have Taz admitted for treatment.

 

8/22/2011 REFERRAL TO AMC STEM CELL TEAM IN NYC

Taz was admitted via the Internal Medicine Department to the Interventional Radiology Department at the AMC as a prospective stem cell patient. Thank you to our AMC team: Elizabeth Appleman, DVM, ACVIM, Pamela Schwartz, DVM, ACVS, Allyson Berent, DVM, ACVM, and Chick Weisse, DVM, ACVS

 

8/22/2011 KIDNEY SURGERY

Taz was taken to surgery where his left kidney was removed, as it was not functional. There was no normal tissue present in his left kidney.

 

Masses were found on the right kidney and a cystic mass was found in close association with his right kidney. The mass was removed and was found to be benign. At this time some of Taz’s abdominal fat was collected and harvested for stem cell production.

 

9/26/2011 UPDATE

Taz’s stem cells were delivered to  his right kidney via an interventional approach (a catheter placed in his right femoral artery, groin and fed to his right renal artery. Taz recovered well and went home. We continued to monitor his kidney function at Bellerose and he returned for a second stem cell injection in September 2011.

 

September 2012 UPDATE

Since his Stem Cell treatment Taz has not looked back. He has gained weight and his kidney values remain normal! There has been consistent communication between staffs at Bellerose and AMC.  Post treatment tests are regularly scheduled at Bellerose. We at Bellerose are proud to have been part of the innovative care that saved Taz’s life. We look forward to a bright future for Taz---caring for him and wishing him good luck and good health.

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