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The esophagus is the tubular organ that runs from the throat to the stomach; an esophageal stricture is an abnormal narrowing of the internal open space of the esophagus. There is no apparent genetic factor involved, and it occurs in cats at any age.
Your veterinarian will want to rule out many of the possible diseases or conditions that might cause these symptoms. For example, if your cat has just been weaned, an abnormality called vascular ring anomaly may be the problem. In order to arrive at a definite diagnosis, your doctor may conduct a barium-contrast X-ray, which uses a radiopaque fluid in the esophageal passage, so that the passage of the liquid shows on the X-ray image, revealing abnormalities in the passage. An X-ray may reveal a foreign body caught in the esophagus. An insertable visual diagnostic tool called an endoscope can also be useful for visually examining the esophagus in closer detail. Your doctor will also be looking for tumors and masses.
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
Something that appears white or light grey on a radiograph
A band of tissue that makes a passage narrower
A condition of poor health that results from poor feeding or no feeding at all
The return of food into the oral cavity after it has been swallowed
Any opening in an organ
A type of instrument that is used to look inside the body
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
A change in the way that tissue is constructed; a sore
The widening of something