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Nonhealing subcutaneous wounds in cats - which diagnostic evaluation is recommended?
Subcutaneous wounds are a common problem especially in outdoor cats. Wounds that do not heal under appropriate therapy need a specific diagnostic evaluation for their etiologic agent which is described in this report.

First, the animal should be checked for immunosuppression and for systemic disease.

The wound and its local environment should then be evaluated by a combination of wound exploration, cytology, histopathology and tissue culture for evidence of a foreign body, neoplasia or less common etiologic agents - the procedere is discussed step by step.

With improved awereness of the potential etiologies (some of them are zoonotic!) together with improved medical and surgical management techniques feline subcutaneous wounds can be managed successfully.

Source: Calfee, T., Manning T.O. (2002): `Nonhealing subcutaneous wounds in the cat and proposed management techniques`.
In: Clin Tech Small Anim Pract. 2002 Nov;17(4):pp. 162-167


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