Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Esophageal groove and failure of omasal transport

Synonym(s): Oesophageal groove

Contributor(s): Louise Cox-O’Shea, Vetstream Ltd , Mike Reynolds

Introduction

  • The esophageal groove is also known as the reticular groove.
  • The groove diverts ingested milk, or milk replacer, from the esophagus to the omasal canal and from there it enters the abomasum. Thus bypassing the rumen and reticulum.

Anatomy

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Closure of the esophageal groove

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Failure of esophageal groove closure

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Tips to help stimulate esophageal groove closure

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Treatment and Prognosis

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Rumen development

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Further use of the esophageal groove in adult life

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Blowey R W (1994) Calf Feeding Practices in Relation to Health in Proccedings of BCVA, Summer 1994. 76-79.
  • Breukink H J, Wensing Th. Van Weeran-Keverling Buisman A, van Bruinessen- Kapsenberg E G & de Visser N A P C (1988) Consequences of failure of the reticular groove reflex in veal calves fed milk replacer. The Veterinary Quarterly 10 PubMed.


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