Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield provided a cat balloon dilation treatment

Animal Health

Rupert, a young cat, suffering from a unique disease, was given a balloon dilation treatment, a first-of-its-kind for a Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield.

Rupert was referred to the animal hospital with a five-month history of upper respiratory tract noises and has been unresponsive to many medications. Rupert was inclined to occasional wheezing and spells of open-mouth breathing.

“Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield provided a cat balloon dilation treatment.“

Rupert was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal stenosis after blood tests, chest x-rays, and a retroflex endoscopic examination of the nasopharynx to determine the underlying condition.

Head of service and internal medicine specialist Andrea Holmes; internal medicine intern Simona Borgonovi; and internal medicine specialist Lizzy Conway used fluoroscopy and endoscopic guidance to conduct a balloon dilatation to correct the problem.

Miss Borgonovi said: “The procedure involved the use of an inflatable balloon, which was progressively dilated to break down the stenosis and help Rupert breathe silently again. The condition is quite rare to see. There are several case reports out there, and the biggest one includes thirty-one cats and fifteen dogs in an eight-year timeline, although I believe it is likely under-diagnosed. Rupert’s procedure was successful and he was discharged on the same day. Six weeks later, he’s still doing well and enjoying life without making any weird noises when he’s breathing. However, there is a high chance of recurrence in approximately seventy per cent of cases and a second balloon dilation might be required weeks to months after the first one.”

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