Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Radiography: esophagography

Contributor(s): Barbara J Watrous

Introduction

  • Use of positive contrast to outline the esophagus.

Uses

  • Investigation of:
    • Regurgitation Regurgitation /dysphagia.
    • Pain on swallowing.
    • Hypertrophic osteopathy Hypertrophic osteopathy (presence of thoracic mass).
    • Cervical swelling.
    • Recurrent/unexplained respiratory disease.
    • Mediastinal mass.
    • Suspected esophageal foreign body.

Advantages

  • Simple and quick to do.

Disadvantages

  • May not identify functional disorder.
  • Some risk associated with procedure, eg contrast aspiration.

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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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Tamm I & Kortsik C (1999) Severe barium sulfate aspiration into the lung - Clinical presentation, prognosis and therapy. Respiration 66 (1), 81-84 PubMed.
  • Kleine L J (1974) Radiologic examination of the esophagus in dogs and cats. Vet Clin North Am (4), 663-686 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Thrall D E (1998)Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology.pp 269-284.

Organisation(s)

  • American College of Veterinary Radiology, Executive Director, Dr M Berstein, P O Box 87, Glencoe, IL 60022, USA. www.acvr.ucdavis.edu


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