A case of epiglottic entrapment in a cat

Diana Victoria Arbona, Chap Pratt, Caitlin Tearney, Stephanie Istvan

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Objective: The objective of this study was to describe a case of epiglottic entrapment in a cat. Case Summary: A 5-month-old male neutered Russian Blue cat was evaluated for progressive stertorous upper airway sounds, acute onset vestibulopathy and abnormal laryngeal anatomy. Endotracheal intubation was only able to be achieved using videoscopic guidance and identified concern for severe nasopharyngeal stenosis. A computerized tomography scan revealed otitis interna, narrowed nasopharynx and no definitive cause for the stertorous breathing. The cat recovered very slowly from anaesthesia due to concern for airway obstruction following extubation. It was discharged the following day and then passed away at home 2 weeks later. Necropsy revealed that the epiglottis was obscured by 2 cm of redundant mucosal tissue extending from the base of the tongue to the larynx resulting in epiglottic entrapment. Also noted was chronic, severe otitis interna and externa. Upper airway obstruction is suspected to be the cause of sudden death. New or Unique Information: To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report of these oropharyngeal anatomic abnormalities in a cat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1953-1958
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Medicine and Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2023

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  • cartilage
  • disease
  • epiglottic
  • feline
  • nasopharyngeal

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Case Reports


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