Megaesophagus in two cats.

M. Hoenig, M. B. Mahaffey, P. G. Parnell, M. E. Styles

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Megaesophagus was diagnosed in 2 cats. Both had a history of regurgitation, and one was dyspneic. Radiography of the thorax and abdomen revealed generalized megaesophagus and gastric distention with gas. There was no esophageal motility during fluoroscopic observation. The prognosis for cats with megaesophagus is guarded. Although they may be satisfactory pets, cats with this condition should not be used for breeding because the condition is believed to be inherited through recessive genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-765
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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