Z. Okumuş; E. Doğan; L.E. Yanmaz; U. Ersöz; S. Okur; M.G. Şenocak
Department of Surgery, Veterinary Faculty, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey
Thermography represents a pictorial map where the inflammation or vitality exists.
This case report described thermographic detection of inflammation associated with tail wound in a cat.
A 6-month-old female mixed domestic cat was presented to our clinic with a history of car accident. After the clipping of tail, crushed wounds were easily visualised on the ventral surface of tail, and the tail was paralyzed. Coincidently, coccygeal agenesis, a rare congenital condition was also detected on radiography. Thermographic examination was carried to detect the living tissue of tail.
The unwounded areas were hot (38.4°C) cranial to the wounded area. The wounded areas were cold (32.3–32.90°C) and were localised on the caudal to the end. Cold areas were associated with necrosis.
In conclusion, thermography is useful non-invasive tool to detect location and degree of an inflammation, which may help decide the level of amputation.