Outcomes of cats with oral tumors treated with mandibulectomy: 42 cases

Nicole C. Northrup, Kimberly A. Selting, Kenneth M. Rassnick, Orna Kristal, Maura G. O'Brien, Gillian Dank, Ravinder S. Dhaliwal, Shyla Jagannatha, Karen K. Cornell, Tracy L. Gieger

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Medical records of 42 cats treated with mandibulectomy for oral neoplasia at eight institutions were reviewed to determine morbidity, progression-free interval, and survival time. Progression-free and survival rates at 1 and 2 years were 56% and 49%, and 60% and 57%, respectively. Cats with squamous cell carcinoma had significantly shorter survival than cats with fibrosarcoma or osteosarcoma. Seventy-two percent of cats were dysphagic or inappetent immediately postoperatively, and 12% never regained the ability to eat. Despite acute morbidity in 98% and long-term morbidity in 76% of cats, 83% of the 30 owners providing information were satisfied with the outcome of mandibulectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-360
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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