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  • Excellence in Scholarship: Vet Med Faculty Publications, Part 2

    Megaesophagus in a 6-month-old cat secondary to a nasopharyngeal polyp
    Byron, J.K./ Shadwick, S.R.S/, Bennett, A.R.
    Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, United States

    Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
    Volume 12, Issue 4, April 2010, Pages 322-324

    A 6-month-old male domestic shorthair cat was presented for a 3-month history of dysphagia and upper respiratory signs. The cat was diagnosed with a generalized megaesophagus secondary to a large nasopharyngeal polyp that extended into the cervical esophagus. The polyp was removed by traction and a left ventral bulla osteotomy was performed to remove the polyp base. The cat's clinical signs resolved and follow-up radiographs 14 days after surgery revealed resolution of the megaesophagus. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of resolution of megaesophagus after removal of a nasopharyngeal polyp in a cat. © 2009 ISFM and AAFP.

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