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      Nasopharyngeal abscess causing inspiratory dyspnoea in a domestic cat


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          An 11-month-old female domestic shorthair cat presented with a 24 h history of inspiratory dyspnoea, abnormal upper respiratory tract sounds, gagging, retching and making exaggerated swallowing motions. Retroflexed nasopharyngoscopy revealed a large, right-sided nasopharyngeal mass that was seen to exude purulent material and a possible small foreign body when pressure was applied with forceps. Thorough expression of the mass alleviated clinical signs. Cytology revealed septic neutrophilic inflammation, and a Pasteurella species with no noted antimicrobial resistance was cultured. The cat was discharged with oral antibiotics and analgesia and made a full recovery, with no recurrence of clinical signs at the 6-month follow-up.

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          Abscess formation in the nasopharyngeal region has not been previously reported in cats, to the authors’ knowledge. The cause of the abscess was suspected to be a foreign body, but other aetiologies could not be fully excluded. This case demonstrates that nasopharyngeal abscesses are a rare but potentially significant differential diagnosis for upper respiratory tract obstruction in cats.

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              Pasteurella multocida infection in cats: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management.

              Pasteurella species are part of the normal oral flora of cats. They are also a common cause of infection in this species and an important zoonotic agent. INFECTION IN CATS: Pasteurella species are commonly isolated from subcutaneous abscesses and pyothorax in cats. They may also cause secondary lower respiratory tract infection and have been associated with spinal empyema and meningoencephalomyelitis. INFECTION IN HUMANS: Disease in humans mainly occurs after a cat bite or scratch, but may also be transmitted via respiratory secretions from cats in close contact with a person. Signs of local infection after a cat bite appear in a few hours (3-6 h). Severe disease and a fatal outcome mostly occur in immunocompromised people, but have also been reported in immunocompetent healthy individuals. Cat ownership by immunocompromised people may carry a risk.

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                SAGE Publications (Sage UK: London, England )
                29 June 2023
                Jan-Jun 2023
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                [1-20551169231178448]Southfields Veterinary Specialists (part of Linnaeus Veterinary), Basildon, UK
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                [*]Annie Slater MA, VetMB, MRCVS, Southfields Veterinary Specialists (part of Linnaeus Veterinary), Cranes Point, Gardiners Ln S, Basildon SS14 3AP, UK Email: annie.slater@ 123456southfields.co.uk
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                : 10 May 2023
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                pharynx,nasopharynx,abscess,airway obstruction,retroflexed nasopharyngoscopy,stridor


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