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Management of inflammatory polyps in 37 cats
  1. D. M. Anderson, MA, VetMB, PhD, CertSAS, DipECVS1,
  2. R. A. S. White, BVetMed, PhD, DVR, DSAS, DipECVS, DipACVS, FRCVS1 and
  3. R. K. Robinson, BA, VetMB2
  1. 1 Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 OES
  2. 2 Hallam Veterinary Centre, 47 Holme Lane, Hillsborough, Sheffield S6 4JP


The case records of 37 cats treated for nasopharyngeal or aural inflammatory polyps were reviewed. Thirty of them were managed conservatively with the polyp being removed by traction alone. Long-term follow-up information was available for 22 cats, of which 13 (59 per cent) had no recurrence of clinical signs. The remaining nine cats required recurrent polyps to be removed surgically. Cats with only nasopharyngeal polyps were nearly four times more likely to be cured by traction alone than cats with aural polyps, and none of the cats that was treated with prednisolone after traction suffered a recurrence. Cats with more severe aural signs were more likely to require surgery.

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