Radiographic findings in cats with intranasal neoplasia or chronic rhinitis: 29 cases (1982-1988)

Robert T. O'Brien, Sydney M. Evans, Jeffrey A. Wortman, Mattie J. Hendrick

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Objective - To compare radiographic findings and determine useful criteria to differentiate between intranasal neoplasia and chronic rhinitis in cats Design - Retrospective study. Animals - Cats with chronic nasal disease caused by neoplasia (n = 18) or by chronic rhinitis (n = 11) Procedure - Radiographs were reviewed by 3 radiologists, followed by group review Diagnosis was determined by intranasal biopsy or necropsy, and specimens were reviewed by a pathologist to confirm cause and histologic diagnosis. Results - Lymphosarcoma was the most common (n = 5) of the 6 histopathologic types in the neoplasia group. Cats in the neoplasia and chronic rhinitis groups had a high prevalence of aggressive radiographic lesions. Prevalence of a facial mass in cats with neoplasia (8/18) versus in those with chronic rhinitis (4/11) and of deviation (9/18 vs 6/11, respectively) or lysis (12/18 vs 7/11) of the nasal septum was similar However, significantly (P - 0.02) more cats with neoplasia than with chronic rhinitis (13/16 vs 3/7, respectively) had unilateral turbmate destruction/lysis. Additionally, unilateral lateral bone erosion and loss of teeth associated with adjacent intranasal disease were more prevalent in cats with neoplasia (7/8 and 5/18, respectively) than in cats with chronic rhinitis (1/3 and 0/11, respectively). Clinical Implications - Features that may assist in radiographic diagnosis of neoplasia include the appearance of unilateral aggressive lesions, such as lysis of lateral bones, nasal turbmate destruction, and loss of teeth. Bilaterally symmetric lesions are more suggestive of chronic rhinitis than of neoplasia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-389
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 1996

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