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Equine Practice
Management of oesophageal obstruction (‘choke’) in horses
  1. Mark Hillyer

    Mark Hillyer graduated from the University of Bristol in 1987. After a year in farm animal practice he became a houseman in equine medicine at the University of Bristol. This was followed by a three year residency training in equine internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Currently, he is a lecturer in large animal soft tissue surgery in the department of clinical veterinary science at Langford. He holds the RCVS certificate in equine practice and has a particular interest in the noninvasive diagnosis and subsequent treatment of abdominal and thoracic disease in the horse.


OESOPHAGEAL disorders are relatively uncommon in the horse in comparison with other domesticated species. However, because of their dramatic and acute presentation, they often cause the owner considerable concern and anxiety. This article outlines the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of oesophageal obstructions in horses.

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