Case Report

Iatrogenic tracheal rupture in a British shorthair

  • A. L. Sauermann
  • A. Rubio-Guzman
  • T. Bosmans
  • K. Vanderperren
  • H. de Rooster


Tracheal rupture is an uncommon disease in cats, and is usually iatrogenic. This case report describes acervical tracheal rupture in a mature male British shorthair. The cat was presented with extreme subcutaneousemphysema and a moderate to severe pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum and pneumoretroperitoneum,but did not show any signs of dyspnea and/or hypoxia. The cat had a recent history of endotrachealintubation. The diagnosis was made with tracheoscopy, and the tracheal rupture was surgically treated. Noclinical complications were exhibited by the patient during the hospitalization. After four days, the patientwas discharged, and no further complaints were reported during the medical control four months later.

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Sauermann, A. & Rubio-Guzman, A. & Bosmans, T. & Vanderperren, K. & de Rooster, H., (2013) “Iatrogenic tracheal rupture in a British shorthair”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 82(2), 75-80. doi:

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Published on
29 Apr 2013
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