© Online Journal of Veterinary Research
Volume 15(6): 487-491, 2011.
Case Study: Foreign body esophageal fistula in a calf
Mohammad Mahdi Molaei (DVM, PhD), Omid Azari (DVM, PhD), Daruosh Vosough (DVM, PhD), Aliasghar Mozaffari (DVM, PhD).
Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman- Iran.
Molaei AMM, Azari O, Vosough D, Mozaffari A., Case Study: Foreign body esophageal fistula in a calf, Online J Vet Res., 15(6): 487-491, 2011. A 2 month calf was referred
for treatment of a painful swelling mass located at the ventral surface of the neck. On clinical examination, all vital signs were normal but the animal was lethargic and depressed. Based on history, clinical and radiological findings, a perforating cervical esophageal foreign body was suspected and surgical intervention was carried out. A skin incision was performed on a swollen mass and a sinus tract containing a long wooden sharp foreign body (65 cm length). After extraction of the foreign body and debridement of necrotic tissue from the sinus tract, a penrose drain was inserted in the wound. Treatment consisted of daily lavage of the wound with normal saline and administration of a broad spectrum antibiotic. The calf recovered fully one month later.
KEY WORDS: Esophago-subcutaneous fistula, Foreign body, Calf