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Anaesthetic and surgical management of an intra-tracheal mass in a cat

Drynan, E.A., Moles, A.D. and Raisis, A.L. (2011) Anaesthetic and surgical management of an intra-tracheal mass in a cat. Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery, 13 (6). pp. 460-462.

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An 11-year-old, 7 kg male neutered domestic shorthair cat, presented to the University Veterinary Hospital (UVH) for investigation of chronic tachypnoea and dyspnoea. Radiographs, bronchoscopy and computerised tomography (CT) demonstrated an intra-tracheal mass measuring 13. mm × 5 mm × 6 mm arising from the right wall of the caudal trachea immediately cranial to the carina. Due to size and position, debulking and subsequent cryosurgery were attempted to minimise the amount of tissue removed and prevent recurrence. A combination of anaesthetic techniques was required to allow cryotherapy, with the trachea open whilst maintaining adequate ventilation. This case report demonstrates that cryotherapy in conjunction with anaesthetic planning, can achieve a positive outcome for the cat.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: 2011 Elsevier
Copyright: © 2011 ISFM and AAFP
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