Foreign body in the tongue of a cat - A case report

  • Zilmara Gomes Cardoso Fonteles
  • Ana Maria Quessada
  • Ciro José Sousa de Carvalho
  • André Braga de Souza
  • João Macedo de Sousa
  • Paulo Marques Costa
  • Diana Soares Alcântara
Keywords: Cavity oral, feline, needle, surgery


ABSTRACT. Fonteles Z.G.C., Quessada A.M., Carvalho C.J.S., Souza A.B., Sousa J.M., Costa P.M. & Alcântara D.S. [Foreign body in the tongue of a cat - A case report.] Corpo estranho na língua de um gato - Relato de caso. Revista Brasileira de Medicina Veterinária, 36(4):380-382, 2014. Pós-Graduação em Ciência Animal, Universidade Federal do Piauí, Rua Visconde de Parnaíba, 3377, Apto. 1301, Ininga, Teresina, PI 64049-570, Brasil. E-mail: Gastrointestinal foreign bodies are not common in cat due to selective alimentary habits. However, when it occurs, are in the most, linear foreign bodies, which can to cause severe clinic signs and until death of the animal. Foreign bodies lodged in the tongue are rare in all species. This paper reports a rare case of foreign body in the tongue of a cat. The animal was attended in a teaching hospital with nausea and anorexia. Due to intense salivation, a radiographic examination of the skull was performed and revealed a radiopaque foreign body embedded in the tongue. The cat was referred to surgical procedure and removal of the object (a needle). For needle withdrawal an incision on anterior surface of the tongue was performed, and allowed easy removal of the needle. After the surgery, the animal stayed hospitalized, time for administration of the antibiotics and anti-inflammatory Two days after the surgery the animal was discharged and had fully recovered. No similar cases were found about feline.


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