Study Evaluates Esophageal Stricture Treatment

Stricture occurs when a ring of tissue reduces the esophagus’ diameter, making it hard for a horse to ingest food.

Imagine trying to pass a grape through a drinking straw. Chances are that the fruit will be too large to fit through the straw’s small opening. The same thing happens when a horse develops esophageal stricture, when a ring of fibrotic tissue reduces the esophagus’ diameter, making it difficult for a horse to ingest food properly.

In the past, treatment options were limited to invasive surgical techniques. But a team of researchers in the United Kingdom recently evaluated a new treatment with positive results.

“Most people do not feel treatment is available, but it is,” said Jamie Prutton, BSc(Hons), BVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, MRCVS, of the Liphook Equine Hospital in the United Kingdom. “There are therapeutic options now.”

In many cases esophageal rings follow a choke episode. The longer the choke continues, the greater the risk of a stricture. Therefore, immediate veterinary care is

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Katie Navarra has worked as a freelance writer since 2001. A lifelong horse lover, she owns and enjoys competing a dun Quarter Horse mare.

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