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Title: 
Two cases of feline pyothorax: medical versus surgical treatment and associated challenges
Author(s): 
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 varygreatly between cases. In this case series, the management of two challenging cases of felinepyothorax is discussed. In the first case, a nine-year-old female spayed European shorthair catwith pyothorax caused by Bacteroides fragilis is described. At the time of presentation, she wasdiagnosed with feline immunodeficiency virus as well. The pyothorax was succesfully managedmedically. 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 identificationof filamentous bacteria on pleural fluid cytology. This cat underwent surgical intervention becausethoracic drainage was very difficult. Eventually, he recovered well and did not relapse upto two months postoperatively. The challenges in the decision process and treatment complicationsare discussed.

Full text: 
pp 162-172
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