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Esophagus: diseases and disorders

Synonym(s): impaction,trauma, stenosis, neoplasia, megaesophagus, esophagitis, esophagostomiasis

Contributor(s): Matthew Barden , Paul Wood

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Anatomy of the esophagus

  • Approximately 45% of the total length of the esophagus is within the neck, with the rest situated within the thorax.
  • The esophagus is innervated by the vagus nerve.
  • The esophagus has four layers:
    • Tunica adventitia (fibrous outer layer) – replaced by tunica serosa in the mediastinum.
    • Tunica muscularis (striated and smooth muscle).
    • Tela submucosa.
    • Tunica mucosa.

Clinical signs of esophageal disease

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Differential diagnoses

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Systemic conditions

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Diagnostic tests

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Specific conditions

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Surgery

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMed Resource.
  • Braun U, Schwarzwald C, Ohlerth S, Frei S & Monika Hilbe (2014) Abnormal regurgitation in three cows caused by intrathoracic perioesophageal lesions. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 56, pp 14.
  • Jeckel S, Bidewell C, Everest D, McInnes C et al (2011) Severe oesophagitis in an adult bull caused by bovine papular stomatitis virus. Veterinary Record 169, pp 317.
  • Haas J (2010) Esophageal foreign body in a 2-day-old calf. The Canadian Veterinary Journal 51, pp 406-08.
  • Ulutas B, Sarierler M, Bayramli G & Ocal K (2006) Macroscopic findings of idiopathic congenital megaoesophagus in a calf. Veterinary Record 158, 26.
  • Wilmot L, Saint Jean G & Hoffsis G F (1989) Surgical treatment of an esophageal laceration in a calf. The Canadian Veterinary Journal 30, pp 175-77.
  • Kasari T R (1984) Dilatation of the lower cervical esophagus in a cow. Can Vet J 25.

Other sources of information

  • Parkinson T J, Vermunt J J & Malmo J (2010) Diseases of cattle in Australasia: a comprehensive textbook. Wellington, NZ. VetLearn.
  • Smith B P (2009) Large animal internal medicine. 4th Edn. St. Louis, Mosby.
  • Radostits O M, Done S H & Blood D C (2006) Veterinary medicine : a textbook of the diseases of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and horses. 10th Edn. Edinburgh. Elsevier Saunders.
  • Lawson F S & Ducharme N G (2004) Farm animal surgery. St Louis, Missouri. Saunders.


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