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Congenital oesophageal hiatal hernia in a pug

B Keeley1*, A Puggioni1 and K Pratschke2

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1 School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, College of Life Sciences, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4

2 Small Animal Hospital, University of Glasgow, Garscube Estate, 463 Bearsden Road, Glasgow G61 1QH

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Irish Veterinary Journal 2008, 61:389-393  doi:10.1186/2046-0481-61-6-389

Published: 1 June 2008


Congenital sliding, oesophageal or type I hiatal hernia was diagnosed in a five-month-old pug puppy presented for evaluation of dyspnoea post feeding. The diagnosis was confirmed using plain film radiography. Surgical reduction of the hernia followed by plication of the oesophageal hiatus, oesophagopexy and left flank gastropexy permitted restoration of normal function. At 12 months of age, the dog was asymptomatic. This article describes the diagnosis and treatment of a congenital type 1 oesophageal hiatal herniation with unusual clinical presentation.

congenital; dog; hiatal hernia; oesophagus