Korean J Vet Res > Volume 54(4); 2014 > Article
Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2014;54(4):261-263.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14405/kjvr.2014.54.4.261    Published online December 22, 2014.
Cricopharyngeal achalasia in an old dog
Ji-Eun Im1, Hun-Young Yoon2, Seung-Gon Kim1, Chang-Min Lee1, Ki-Dong Eom3, Hee-Myung Park1
1Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University
2Department of Veterinary Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University
3Department of Veterinary Radiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University
A 10-year-old castrated male papillon presented with nasal discharge, coughing and chronic dysphagia. On physical examination, the dog exhibited sneezing, gurgling and movement of the throat with repeated attempts to swallow fluids. A diagnosis of cricopharyngeal achalasia (CPA) was made based on video fluoroscopic demonstration of failure of relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter. This report describes the diagnosis of CPA in an old dog, which is rarely diagnosed in older animals.
Key Words: cricopharyngeal achalasia, dog, dysphagia, upper esophageal sphincter

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