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Rogue’s Mystery Solved

10 February 2016

At the end of last year a beautiful cat, Rogue, was referred to see Isuru Gajanayake, Medicine Specialist, here at Willows.

Rogue had been on her adventures outdoors and when she returned home she was wheezing. Understandably worried, her owners took her to their own veterinary surgeon to be examined. Despite treatment, Rogue's condition deteriorated and she developed coughing whilst the wheezing continued. Her veterinary surgeon decided to refer Rogue to Willows.

Isuru examined Rogue and admitted her to the hospital for further investigations. Rogue was carefully assessed and needed to be anaesthetised for further investigations. With suspicion that there could be something blocking Rogue’s airways, her condition required a specialised anaesthesia protocol and very close monitoring during the procedures and this was done by Anna Bryla, a member of our anaesthesia team. A CT (computed tomography) scan was carried out and the results interpreted by Lizza Baines one of our imaging team Specialists. The CT scan revealed a foreign body in the trachea (wind pipe).

 

Rogue’s Mystery Solved

Arrow shows foreign body in the trachea

 

Rogue’s Mystery Solved

Arrow shows foreign body in the trachea

 

To remove the foreign body from the trachea, a procedure called an endoscopy was performed. During endoscopy a special flexible camera is passed through the mouth and into the windpipe to visualise the foreign material. With the expert skills of Isuru and Chris Shales, Specialist soft tissue surgeon, the object was successfully removed using delicate forceps, avoiding any further damage to the trachea.

 

Rogue’s Mystery Solved

The wooden foreign body removed, next to the 20p for size comparison

 

Rogue had a short stay in the hospital receiving lots of dedicated care from the nursing team and medical treatment, including pain relief for the damage caused by the foreign body.

Rogue's owners were very pleased with the outcome and here are some photos of Rogue recovering at home.

 

Rogue’s Mystery Solved

 

Rogue’s Mystery Solved