This week’s case is a 14-year-old female neutered Bengal cat with frequent coughing episodes. This is a classic. What are your findings?
On radiographs of the thorax, there are multifocal areas of mineralization throughout the lung lobes. These mineral foci are centered on airways. There is also a moderate, diffuse bronchial pattern present. On the left lateral projection, there is an alveolar pattern and lobar sign associated with the right middle lung lobe, with volume loss. The cardiac silhouette is mildly enlarged, and the vasculature is normal.
- The bronchial pattern is consistent with chronic lower airway disease. Mineral opacities likely represent broncholiths. Atelectasis of the right middle lung lobe secondary to chronic airway obstruction.
- Mild cardiomegaly may indicate cardiomyopathy.
- Lower airway disease