Transient megaoesophagus and oesophagitis following diaphragmatic rupture repair in a cat

Rotem Joseph*, Sharon Kuzi, Eran Lavy, Itamar Aroch

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A 6-month-old domestic shorthair female cat was presented with suspected diaphragmatic hernia (DH) that was later confirmed by thoracic radiography. The cat underwent exploratory celiotomy with a diaphragmatic rupture (DR) repair and recovered. Six days later, it was represented with vomiting and anorexia. Megaoesophagus (MO) and gastric dilatation were diagnosed by contrast radiography. A second celiotomy revealed no abnormalities and gastropexy was performed. Endoscopy demonstrated MO, oesophagitis and gastro-oesophageal reflux. MO persisted for several weeks and was an unexpected complication as no association between DR (or DH) and MO has never been described in the veterinary literature. The cat was treated medically with aggressive prokinetic and antacid therapy along with prolonged temporary oesophageal diversion (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube) with an excellent outcome.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)284-290
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008


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