Esophageal smooth muscle hypertrophy causing regurgitation in a rabbit

Lily Parkinson, Carrie Kuzma, Arno Wuenschmann, Christoph Mans

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Abstract

A five-year-old rabbit was evaluated for a 7 to 8 month history of regurgitation, weight loss, and hyporexia. Previously performed whole body radiographs, plasma biochemistry results and complete blood count revealed had no significant abnormalities. A computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a circumferential caudal esophageal thickening. The animal received supportive care until euthanasia was performed 6 weeks later. Caudal esophageal smooth muscle hypertrophy was diagnosed on necropsy. This case indicates that regurgitation can occur in rabbits and advanced imaging can investigate the underlying cause.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1848-1852
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Science
Volume79
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017

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© 2017 The Japanese Society of Veterinary Science.

Keywords

  • Computed tomography
  • Esophageal stricture
  • Gastrointestinal disorder
  • Rabbit
  • Vomiting

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