2003 Image Interpretation Session - Case 3

Name: “Luke”
Breed: Saint Bernard
Gender: Male-castrate
Age: 3.5 years old

History: Luke presented with a two-year history regurgitation, retching, and weight loss. The referring veterinarian tentatively diagnosed him with congenital megaesophagus.

Physical examination findings included:

  • Temperature = 104.2oF
  • Pulse = 96
  • Respiratory rate = 32/min
  • Hydration – normal
  • Weight = 47.3 kg (thin)
  • No murmurs or arrhythmias were ausculted.
  • CBC, serum profile and urinalysis values were within normal reference range. Referral radiographs were unavailable for review.

Imaging Studies:

  • Thoracic radiographs
  • Esophagram