Uveal cysts in domestic cats: a retrospective evaluation of thirty-six cases

Benjamin T. Blacklock, Rachael A. Grundon, Melissa Meehan, Roser Tetas Pont, Claudia Hartley

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this retrospective study was to investigate uveal cysts in domestic cats by identifying prevalence, predispositions, location, presumed etiologies, and sequelae.

ANIMALS STUDIED: The clinical databases of two referral hospitals (The Animal Health Trust in the UK and Animal Eye Care in Australia) were searched to identify cats that had been diagnosed with uveal cysts, either as an incidental finding or as the reason for referral. Thirty-six cases were found.

PROCEDURES: The signalment of the patients was recorded, along with any relevant previous clinical history, treatment, follow-up, and sequela. The data were compared with the unaffected feline populations examined by ophthalmologists in the two hospitals over the same 10-year time period.

RESULTS: Thirty-six cats were affected, from a total examined population of 5017 (prevalence 0.72%). Twenty-one of the 36 cats were Burmese. The two centers examined 516 Burmese cats in the same time period, giving an incidence in Burmese cats of 4.1%. The mean age of affected cats at presentation was 10.25 years (SD = 4.12 years), and female cats accounted for 23 of 36 of the cases. Only 2 of 36 cats had concurrent intraocular disease.

CONCLUSIONS: Uveal cysts in domestic cats are rare ophthalmic findings, and in most cases, they do not cause any clinical problems The Burmese breed is overrepresented in the data, with a relatively high prevalence of uveal cysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-60
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary Ophthalmology
Issue numberS1
Early online date18 Jan 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jan 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Burmese
  • cat
  • cysts
  • feline
  • uveal


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