Gastroesophageal intussusception in a domestic short-hair cat

Document Type : Scientific report


Department of Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran


A 4-month-old, intact male domestic short-hair cat was presented to Veterinary Hospital with an acute
onset of regurgitation and respiratory distress. Thoracic and abdominal radiographs identified a mass
consisted of a heterogeneous mixture of soft tissue and gas densities between heart and craniodorsal part of the diaphragm that was shifted to the left. The stomach could not be seen clearly. Radiographic signs
suggested a tentative diagnosis of gastroesophageal intussusception (GEI). Esophagoscopy revealed gastric
mucosa in the lumen of the esophagus, and a diagnosis of GEI was made. The GEI was manually reduced by use of insertion tube of scope. Ten days later, the case was euthanized because of GEI recurrence and
aspiration pneumonia. Gastroesophageal intussusception is a rare condition in cats. This case report shows
that gastropexy along with manual reduction of GEI is essential for prevention of recurrence and reduction of