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J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2005 Sep-Oct;41(5):310-6.

Laryngeal, laryngotracheal, and tracheal masses in cats: 27 cases (1998-2003).

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  • 1Bay Area Veterinary Specialists, San Leandro, California 94578, USA.


Medical records of 27 cats with masses of the larynx and trachea were examined. Six cats had inflammatory masses, and 21 cats had neoplastic lesions. A definitive diagnosis was reached in 22 cats with a single biopsy. The median age of the cats was 12.0 years (range 6 to 20 years). Dyspnea was the most common clinical sign. Accurate diagnoses were best obtained through direct laryngeal or tracheal examination combined with histological examination of tissue biopsies. Kaplan-Meier survival data for all inflammatory and neoplastic lesions showed a median survival of 5 days, with 7.4% of cats alive at 1 year.

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