Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Test Results Are In And The Answer Is...

(MRI - Side image of Moki's head.)

(MRI - Front image of Moki's face)

X-ray taken of Moki's Thoracic inlet approximately 4 mths ago

X-ray taken of Moki's thoracic inlet yesterday.

I think the best way to describe our neurologists findings is to quote Moki discharge sheet, so here we go..."We preformed several diagnostic tests while Moki was here. His bloodwork was unremarkable. His chest x-rays showed a narrowing of his thoracic inlet (the space his trachea and esophagus travel through.) This may be the cause of his intermittent cough. The MRI showed a slightly decreased cerebellar size, which may indicate evidence of degenerative or developmental disease. There is also some slight decrease in some of the cortex, and dilation of the fluid filled spaces surrounding Moki's brain. The CSF Tap was unremarkable. These finding indicate that Moki does not have a structural disease that we could address with surgery. It is most likely that Moki's problem is developmental or degenerative. However, since he has remained relatively static it is unlikely to be progressive/degenerative. His major concern at this time are his orthopedic issues."By now you may be wondering what we plan to do about the orthopedic problem, well we are working on that. Here's what Moki's neurologist had to say..."We have contacted our orthopedic surgeons and are currently collecting opinions and ideas for ways to treat Moki's limb abnormalities and hopefully improve his ability to get around. We will contact you next week with the input from these veterinary specialists." So there you have it. Feel free to leave/ask us any questions, and we will let you know what the orthopedic surgeons have to say about Moki's case next week.


Beau said...

Glad to hear the good news!

Mickey said...

The news is almost neutral. I am glad that they feel that his problem is not degenerative :)
I purr that the orthopedic doc will have positive news!
Reguardless of any diagnosis by the Vets,Moki is in a very great place! He is with a family that loves him!!
Purrs Mickey

ML said...

Is this good news?

Camie's Kitties said...

We are glad that Moki's problems will probably not get worse. We think his X-rays were very interesting. Is there anything they can do about the narrowing of his thoracic inlet?

We are glad he is back home with you now where he belongs.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

Poppy Q said...

My mum works in a hospital and she says that those results are good, and they are doing an awesome job of looking at you.

You must enjoy being back home, and I hope you get lots of smooches.

Poppy and mum Q

ML said...

Thanks Poppy and Mum Q,
I thought some of it sounded good, but wasn't sure about the unremarkable parts.
The Sherwood Bunch is sending Moki lots and lots of smoochies and more purrs.

Texas said...

ML- Unremarkable is usually doctor-speak for normal, or at least nothing worth mentioning.

Best wishes for Moki!

-d ma said...

moki is even a cool looking cat from the inside...

Junior said...

Well, we are glad the new isn't horrible. We will purray for something to be able to be done about Moki's legs. Sending out lots of snuggles and gentle headbutts to all of you!

momsbusy said...

we ars gonna be purraying that they kan figure out some way to heps moki walks better & stop that coff.

we fink he is fery brave to go swimming.


Charlemagne and Tamar said...

We're hoping that the orthopedic surgeons come up with something helpful.

What a brave boy you are, Moki, swimming, and vets and anethesia and MRI's.

Purrs and headbutts,

Tamar and Charlemagne
(Tamar is writing this as Charlemagne is still asleep with daddy)

Artsy Catsy said...

Moki, you are a special, beautiful kitty inside and out! We're full of thankful purrs that you have nothing degenerative, and full of hopeful purrs that the orthopedic vet can help you run and play.

& all of us at Artsy Catsy

Honey P. Sunshine said...

we live only 10 minues from uc davis, i cood haf bisited moki while they had him locked up, poo

Babs (Beetle) said...

Moki, your test results may have been unremarkable but you could never be described as 'Unremarkable' You are the most remarkable kittie ever!

Purrs, Sukie x

Daisy said...

I think the very best news from all of that is that his condition is unlikely to be progressive or degenerative! So if they can help his mobility, that will be very wonderful.

Moki, you look cute in your x-rays and your MRI.

Derby said...

Thanks for the update on Moki and all of his tests. I hope they can find a way for him to move around better.

Lisa said...

That is some good to neutral news. I'm glad to hear that it is not degenerative and now they can focus on his mobility.

Hang in there Moki!