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Upper Airway Disease
Nasopharyngeal disease: Infectious (bacterial, fungal, viral), polyps, foreign bodies, neoplasia.
Layngeal disease: Paralysis, neoplasia, polyps, foreign bodies.
Lower Airway Disease
Tracheal: Stenosis / collapse / external compression, foreign bodies, neoplasia.
Bronchial: Inflammatory airway disease, parasitic bronchitis.
Pulmonary Disease: Pneumonia / Bronchopneumonia, neoplasia (primary pulmonary carcinoma, lymphoma), pulmonary oedema, haemorrhage, abscess formation, poisoning (paracetamol, paraquat, non-anticoagulant rodenticides).
• Thoracic Cavity
Pleural Space Disease: Pneumothorax, pleural effusion (FIP, idiopathic chylothorax, haemothorax, CHF, nephrotic syndrome, lung lobe torsion), thoracic Masses, thymic masses (lymphosarcoma, lymphoma), diaphragmatic hernia, diaphragmatic rupture, pericardioperitoneal hernia.
Congenital, cardiomyopathy (primary and secondary).
Fear, Pain, Shock, Anaemia, Pyrexic
What would be your next diagnostic steps and initial treatment?