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Esophagitis

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Condition Overview

A mucosal injury caused by a foreign object, or a burn caused by ingesting a caustic liquid ( a liquid capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue), can cause inflammation of the esophagus, known as esophagitis.

Symptoms

Signs of moderate to severe esophagitis are dysphagia (painful or difficult swallowing), repeated swallowing, regurgitation, and drooling. With chronic esophagitis the dog looses appetite and weight.

Causes

A mucosal injury caused by a foreign object, or a burn caused by ingesting a caustic liquid, can cause inflammation of the esophagus.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis is made by gastroscopy, which reveals an inflamed, swollen esophageal mucosa.

Treatment

Treatment is directed toward correcting the underlying condition. Hiatal hernias can be surgically repaired. Medications used to treat chronic gastroesophageal reflux in people are also effective in dogs. Ask your vet for details.

Prevention

Prevention in associated with removing the precipitating cause.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns regarding this condition.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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