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Feline pyothorax--new insights into an old problem. 2. Treatment recommendations and prophylaxis
- Barrs, Vanessa R., Beatty, Julia A.
- Veterinary journal 2009 v.179 no.2 pp. 171-178
- drug therapy, antibiotics, cats, meta-analysis, thoracic cavity, prognosis, mouth, microorganisms, body fluids, surgery, pharynx, cat diseases, mortality, bacterial infections
- Until recently, pyothorax in the cat has been generally considered to have a poor prognosis. However, it has become clear that most cats that survive the first 48 h following presentation can be successfully treated with aggressive medical management. In this second part of a two-part review, logical guidelines for the management of the disease are discussed, with particular emphasis on antimicrobial selection. Patient stabilisation and supportive care, techniques for pleural space drainage and lavage and indications for surgery are reviewed.