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Cricopharyngeal achalasia in an old dog

  • Im, Ji-Eun (Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University) ;
  • Yoon, Hun-Young (Department of Veterinary Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University) ;
  • Kim, Seung-Gon (Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University) ;
  • Lee, Chang-Min (Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University) ;
  • Eom, Ki-Dong (Department of Veterinary Radiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University) ;
  • Park, Hee-Myung (Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University)
  • Received : 2014.08.11
  • Accepted : 2014.09.12
  • Published : 2014.12.31

Abstract

A 10-year-old castrated male papillon presented with nasal discharge, coughing and chronic dysphagia. On physical examination, the dog exhibited sneezing, gurgling and movement of the throat with repeated attempts to swallow fluids. A diagnosis of cricopharyngeal achalasia (CPA) was made based on video fluoroscopic demonstration of failure of relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter. This report describes the diagnosis of CPA in an old dog, which is rarely diagnosed in older animals.

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