Esophageal Obstruction

CHAPTER 78 Esophageal Obstruction

Esophageal obstruction, or “choke,” is not an uncommon emergency condition of the horse and is the most common disorder of the esophagus. It is treated as an emergency condition because the horse is unable to eat or drink, can become dehydrated and metabolically acidotic, and can develop aspiration pneumonia if the condition is left untreated. It can occur in horses of any age, breed, or sex, although some predispositions exist. The esophageal obstruction is usually caused by typical feeds such as hay or grain, but it can be caused by ingestion of carrots, apples, corncobs, shavings, hair, or other foreign materials. Clinical signs are diagnostic but should be differentiated from other potential causes; horses with recurrent choke and other systemic signs of illness should be carefully examined for predisposing causes.

May 28, 2016 | Posted by in EQUINE MEDICINE | Comments Off on Esophageal Obstruction
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