Your cat will be hospitalized until adequate dosages of drugs achieve the desired effect. If your cat has aspiration pneumonia, it may require intensive care in a hospital setting. Nutritional maintenance with a feeding tube and multiple feedings of a high-caloric diet will be necessary if the cat is unable to eat or drink without significant regurgitation. Oxygen therapy, intensive antibiotic therapy, intravenous fluid therapy, and supportive care are generally required for aspiration pneumonia. If a tumor is found during exploration, surgery will be required.
You should see a return of muscle strength once the appropriate treatment has been found. Your veterinarian will want to perform chest X-rays every 4-6 weeks for resolution of the enlarged esophagus. Your doctor will also do follow-up blood tests every 6-8 weeks until your cat’s antibodies have decreased to normal ranges.
The return of food into the oral cavity after it has been swallowed
A gland found near the midline of the chest cavity; found mostly in young animals
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The area found between the muscles and the endings of the nerves
The term for weakness of the muscles
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
Term used to imply that a situation or condition is more severe than usual; also used to refer to a disease having run a short course or come on suddenly.