A 2.5 yr old female spayed domestic shorthair presented for acute tetraparesis, dull mentation, and fever. MRI and computed tomography identified a thin linear foreign body extending from the caudal nasopharynx through the atlanto-occipital joint and cervicomedullary junction. Signal changes within the musculature were consistent with myositis, edema, and abscessation. Inflammation and edema surrounded the foreign body, and a dorsal cervical myelopathy extended caudally to the level of C6. Computed tomography attenuation values of the foreign body were most consistent with plant material. Euthanasia was performed; postmortem dissection of the soft palate confirmed a plant stem with abscess.
Multimodal Imaging Characteristics of a Migrating Oropharyngeal-Spinal Foreign Body in a Cat
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Jeffrey Laifer, Eli B. Cohen, Robert Rushing, Andrew Hopkins, John Meeks; Multimodal Imaging Characteristics of a Migrating Oropharyngeal-Spinal Foreign Body in a Cat. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 1 May 2021; 57 (3): 149–152. doi: https://doi.org/10.5326/JAAHA-MS-7161
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