Use of computed tomography imaging during long-term follow-up of nine feline tuberculosis cases

Alison Major, Conor O’Halloran*, Andrea Holmes, Stephanie Lalor, Rebecca Littler, Susanna Spence, Tobias Schwarz, Danièlle Gunn-Moore

*Corresponding author for this work

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Case series summary: Feline tuberculosis is an increasingly recognised potential zoonosis of cats. Treatment is challenging and prognosis can vary greatly between cases. Pulmonary infection requires extended courses of antibiotics, but methodologies for sensitively monitoring response to treatment are currently lacking. In this case series, we retrospectively examined the serial computed tomography (CT) findings in nine cats that had been diagnosed with tuberculosis. Changes in pathology (where applicable to tuberculosis) were correlated with the clinical presentation of each of the cats, the treatment protocol, and previous and contemporary diagnostic investigations. This study found that changes in CT findings during the medium- to long-term management of feline tuberculosis were highly variable between cats. The majority of cats had reduced pathology at re-examination during anti-tuberculous therapy, but pathology only resolved in a minority of cases. In some cases recurrence of pathology detected by CT imaging preceded clinical deterioration, allowing for rapid therapeutic intervention. Relevance and novel information: When considered in combination with clinical findings, CT studies can aid in decision making regarding tapering of antibiotic protocols, or reintroduction of therapy in cases of recurrence or reinfection. This series also highlights that, in some cases, persistent abnormalities can be detected by CT, so complete resolution of CT pathology should not always be a goal in the management of feline tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-199
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


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