Radiographic measurements of the trachea in domestic short haired and Persian cats

Hammond, G. , Geary, M., Coleman, E. and Gunn Moore, D. (2011) Radiographic measurements of the trachea in domestic short haired and Persian cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 13(12), pp. 881-884. (doi: 10.1016/j.jfms.2011.05.015)




Tracheal diameter can be assessed from a thoracic radiograph, with assessment of tracheal diameter in dogs based on ratios between tracheal diameter and a skeletal measurement – however reference ranges are not available for the cat. Tracheal narrowing may cause significant clinical problems, although tracheal hypoplasia in dogs may be clinically silent, and is rarely reported in cats (both mesati- and brachycephalic). The tracheal diameter and trachea:thoracic inlet and trachea:rib ratios were calculated for populations of Domestic Short Haired (DSH) (n=68) and Persian (n=40) cats. This gave reference ranges for radiographic tracheal measurements in these breeds. It is proposed that the tracheal diameter in a normal DSH cat should be 18% of the diameter of the thoracic inlet, and compared to 20% in Persian cats.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hammond, Dr Gawain
Authors: Hammond, G., Geary, M., Coleman, E., and Gunn Moore, D.
Subjects:S Agriculture > SF Animal culture > SF600 Veterinary Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Journal Abbr.:J Feline Med Surg.
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 ISFM and AAFP
First Published:First published in Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 13(12):881-884
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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