Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Esophagus: balloon dilation

Contributor(s): Andrew Gardiner, Joseph Harari

Introduction

  • Resolution of esophageal stricture by means of a balloon dilation technique.

Uses

Advantages

  • Most cats can be expected to show improvement following this technique. The magnitude of the improvement depends on the severity of the underlying pathology.
  • Balloon catheter dilation is the treatment of choice: there is less risk of perforation than with bougienage and fewer dilation cycles are required to alleviate symptoms.

Disadvantages

  • Repeated dilations may be required, usually at 1-3 week intervals, in severe cases.
  • General anesthesia is always required.
  • Ideally, fluoroscopic guidance should be employed during dilation treatment. The availability of this modality is limited however.
  • An endoscope is required Esophagoscopy.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Most patients are improved by this procedure and it is therefore well worth pursuing since symptoms can be troublesome and distressing.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Harai B H, Johnson S E, Sherding R G (1995) Endoscopically guided balloon dilation of benign esophageal stricture in 6 cats and 7 dogs. J Vet Intern Med (5), 332-335 PubMed.
  • Willard M D, Delles E K, Fossum T W (1993) Iatrogenic tears associated with ballooning of esophageal strictures. JAAHA 30 (5), 431-5 VetMedResource.
  • Burk R L, Zawie D A & Garvie M S (1987) Balloon catheter dilation of intramural esophageal strictures in the dog and cat: a description of the procedure and a report of six cases. Semin Vet Med Surg (4), 241-7 PubMed.
  • Sooy T E, Adams W M, Pitts R P et al (1987) Balloon catheter dilation of alimentary tract strictures in the dog and cat. Radiology 28 (4), 131-7 VetMedResource.


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