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Nasopharyngeal stenosis treated with mechanical dilatation in a domestic longhair cat
  1. Aleksandra Michalik and
  2. Jonathan Spurgeon
  1. Medivet Veterinary Group, Yateley, Hampshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Aleksandra Michalik; aleksandra.k.michalik{at}


A seven-year-old domestic longhair cat was referred with a history of recurrent stertor following conservative treatment. Nasopharyngoscopy showed a stenosis with an opening of 2 mm, which was dilated with cotton buds of increasing size. Histopathology of the stenosed tissues revealed chronic active inflammation. Dilatation relieved the clinical signs for four years before recurrence. The same procedure was repeated after the stenosis recurred, but the improvement lasted for only two weeks. At that point, a ‘balloon dilatation’ was performed using a Foley catheter. At the time of writing of this paper, the cat is still clinically normal (six months postprocedure).

  • feline
  • endoscopy
  • nasopharyngeal stenosis
  • stertor
  • balloon dilatation
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  • Contributors JS was the main surgeon performing the procedures in which AM assisted. AM researched the literature and drafted the paper, which was then reviewed by both authors.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data rlevant to the study are included in the article.

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