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Two cases of feline pyothorax: medical versus surgical treatment and associated challenges

Authors
  • F. Gorris
  • S. Faut
  • H. de Rooster
  • E. Vandervekens
  • T. Bosmans
  • S. Daminet
  • P. Smets
  • D. Paepe

Abstract

Pyothorax is a rare disease in cats. Underlying causes and treatment recommendations vary greatly between cases. In this case series, the management of two challenging cases of feline pyothorax is discussed. In the first case, a nine-year-old female spayed European shorthair cat with pyothorax caused by Bacteroides fragilis is described. At the time of presentation, she was diagnosed with feline immunodeficiency virus as well. The pyothorax was succesfully managed medically. Unfortunately, the cat relapsed after three months and the owner elected euthanasia. The second case involved a ten-year-old male castrated British shorthair cat with identification of filamentous bacteria on pleural fluid cytology. This cat underwent surgical intervention because thoracic drainage was very difficult. Eventually, he recovered well and did not relapse up to two months postoperatively. The challenges in the decision process and treatment complications are discussed.

How to Cite:

Gorris, F. & Faut, S. & de Rooster, H. & Vandervekens, E. & Bosmans, T. & Daminet, S. & Smets, P. & Paepe, D., (2017) “Two cases of feline pyothorax: medical versus surgical treatment and associated challenges”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 86(3), 162-172. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/vdt.v86i3.16286

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Published on
27 Jun 2017
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