pferde spiegel 2010; 13(4): 146-152
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1250431

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Diagnostische Vorgehensweise bei Pferden mit Dysphagie

How to work up a horse with dysphagiaBianca Schwarz
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Publication Date:
15 December 2010 (online)


The term dysphagia, defined as the inability to swallow, is commonly used to describe problems with eating. Eating and especially swallowing is a complex process and morphological as well as functional problems can lead to disturbances. Prehension, mastication, swallowing itself and oesophageal transport can be affected. This article intends not to summarise differential diagnoses but to describe how to work up a case presented with dysphagia.


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Dr. Bianca Schwarz

Pferdeklinik, Abteilung Interne Medizin
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien

Veterinärplatz 1

1210 Wien