Pyothorax


Cat presented yesterday for ADR and dyspnea. I’ve never seen a chest look like this. The chest fluid looked and smelled like liquid diarrhea. The history was the cat became ill shortly after eating a rabbit…Our working theory is an esophageal tear. The cat was euthanized but we were not able to do a necropsy. I posted this more in the interest of sharing a unique case but also just wondering if there is any evidence in the scan that suggests an esophageal injury?.

Cat presented yesterday for ADR and dyspnea. I’ve never seen a chest look like this. The chest fluid looked and smelled like liquid diarrhea. The history was the cat became ill shortly after eating a rabbit…Our working theory is an esophageal tear. The cat was euthanized but we were not able to do a necropsy. I posted this more in the interest of sharing a unique case but also just wondering if there is any evidence in the scan that suggests an esophageal injury?.


One response to “Pyothorax”

  1. wow! all the echogenic

    wow! all the echogenic material is coalesced in the caudal thorax where the esophageal tear would be. Can’t say i have ever seen this honestly. Sure grounds for thoracotomy.

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