Cats with aspiration pneumonia may require antibiotics and possibly oxygen supplementation. Surgery to repair the vascular entrapment is indicated. However, the esophagus may be permanently compromised resulting from the entrapment itself, especially if surgical intervention does not take place early enough. In these cases, specialized feeding for megaesophagus (i.e. placing food on an elevated surface or feeding with the cat sitting upright, feeding food processed into a slurry) may be necessary indefinitely.
Pertaining to the chest
The return of food into the oral cavity after it has been swallowed
The term for an esophagus that is enlarged abnormally
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach