Fitting the Pieces Together

Dr. Neil Sinha ('17)
One of Neil Sinha's first cases as an internal medicine resident at Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital had him perplexed. Why was a 4-month-old puppy lethargic, not growing properly and limping? "I look at every case kind of like a puzzle," Sinha said. "You have certain pieces, but you never have the full picture. Your job is to fit the pieces together." Sinha ordered a CT scan for a clearer picture of what was going on with the puppy and the images showed he had eaten a wooden skewer that had punctured his stomach and was poking into his hip. "No one had any idea," Sinha said. "I felt good because we got him to surgery, and he did well. Hopefully, he won't eat another stick."