A three-month-old French bulldog, Tyson, miraculously shows the regrowth of his jaw after a veterinarian removed it for cancer treatment. According to Cornell University veterinarians, this is the first time that happened in a dog breed (canines).
Veterinarians told Tyson is still cancer-free, which rarely happens. According to a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, Tyson had a cleft palate. A cleft palate is a hole or split in the upper part of the mouth.
Hence, Tyson was scheduled to have surgery in 2023 when his primary veterinarian spotted a cancerous tumor along his left jaw. The veterinarian later determined it to be oral papillary squamous cell cancer.
Surgery is the conventional treatment for such tumors, but Tyson’s owners were hesitant because it required removing the majority of his lower left jaw.
However, examinations of Tyson revealed that the cancer had not progressed elsewhere. It showed a favorable outcome for surgery. The vets carried out the treatment with the approval of the family.
To everyone’s surprise, French bulldog Tyson beats the odds and shows Jaw Regrowth. After the surgery, Tyson’s jaw began to grow back within eight weeks.
It is the first-ever reported example of jaw regeneration in a dog after oral cancer surgery. It also highlights the possibility of similar miracles in humans and other animals.
The researchers believe that the unexpected recovery of Tyson is due to his age and the intact periosteum, a thin membrane layer that covers the jaw. However, the particular mechanisms underlying this regeneration are unknown.
A study researcher, Alexandra Wright, needs more research to determine the possibility of this happening in other dogs and whether a specific age range makes a difference.
However, Alexandra found this case a very positive surgical outcome in a life-threatening situation. Alexandra is also a dentistry and oral surgery resident at Cornell University. She examined Tyson’s treatment.
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