IMAGING DIAGNOSIS—GASTRIC PNEUMATOSIS IN A CAT

Authors

  • LINDA G. LANG,

    1. Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine 442 University Drive College Station, TX
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  • HILLARY H. GREATTING,

    1. Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine 442 University Drive College Station, TX
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  • KATHY A. SPAULDING

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine 442 University Drive College Station
    • Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine 442 University Drive College Station, TX
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Address correspondence and reprint requests to Kathy A. Spaulding, at the above address. E-mail: kspaulding@cvm.tamu.edu

Abstract

Gastrointestinal foreign bodies were removed surgically from a 9-year-old Siamese cat. Two days later the cat became lethargic and started regurgitating. A degenerative leukocytosis and drop in packed cell volume were present. Gastric wall thickening with intramural gastric air was detected radiographically and sonographically. Gastric ulceration with a focal necrotic area was seen endoscopically. At surgery, the stomach wall was emphysematous. Clinical signs resolved following partial gastrectomy and medical management. Intramural gastric air with declining clinical course was a significant impetus to return to surgery.

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