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Incidence and risk factors for feline lymphoma in UK primary-care practice

Economu, Lavinia


Lavinia Economu


Objectives: The study aimed to estimate the incidence and prevalence of feline lymphoma in cats attending primary-care practices across the UK and to identify patient-based and environmental (radon and pesticide exposure) risk factors.

Materials and methods: Case records from the VetCompassTM programme from primary-care veterinary practices in the UK were searched for a diagnosis of lymphoma in cats in 2016. Cases were required to have had an external laboratory confirmed diagnosis based on cytology and/or histopathology. A nested case-control study design was used to identify risk factors for lymphoma using multivariable logistic regression.
Results: From a cohort of 562,446 cats under veterinary care at VetCompass participating practices in 2016, a total of 271 lymphoma cases were identified (prevalence: 48/100,000, 95% CI 44- 56/100,000; incidence 32/100,000, 95% CI 26- 35/100,000). There was 180 incident lymphoma cases and 803 controls, all aged 2 years and older. Male (OR 1.7, 95% CI 1.2-2.4, P=0.004), insured (OR 3.6, 95% CI 2.3-5.6, P=


Economu, L. (in press). Incidence and risk factors for feline lymphoma in UK primary-care practice. Journal of Small Animal Practice,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 28, 2020
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2020
Deposit Date Oct 30, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 21, 2020
Journal Journal of Small Animal Practice
Print ISSN 0022-4510
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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