Non-invasive approach to relieving cervical choke in bovines under field conditions

29-Title: Non-invasive approach to relieving cervical choke in bovines under field conditions

Authors: SP Manjunath, CT Chandre Gowda, Y Chaitra, N Nagaraju and RV Harsha

Source: Ruminant Science (2019)-8(2):273-276

How to cite this manuscript: Manjunath SP, Chandre Gowda CT, Chaitra Y, Nagaraju N and Harsha RV (2019). Non-invasive approach to relieving cervical choke in bovines under field conditions. Ruminant Science 8(2):273-276.



Among different modalities of treatment, esophagotomy is the main technique followed for esophageal obstruction in cattle. Esophageal obstruction cases should be considered an emergency and treated as early as possible due to the development of bloat. These cases require immediate attention. Smooth foreign body may relieved without surgical intervention. Hence the present case report a quick, effective, economical and non-invasive approach to save the life of cattle suffering from an esophageal obstruction in field condition with limited facility. Twenty crossbred cows with a history of inability to swallow and swelling on the left lateral aspect of the neck were presented included in this study. Some animals had a history of eating sweet corn cob, beetroot and mango. Upon examination, the condition was diagnosed as esophageal obstruction. Eighteen cattle out of twenty showed obstruction at the cervical oesophagus. Among them, in fourteen cattle, the obstruction was movable. Hence in these fourteen cattle, a non-surgical method for relieving esophageal obstruction was attempted by the use of wooden mouth gag. Thus lives of cows were saved by non-invasive approach under field condition to relieve the oesophageal choke.


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