Distended oesophagus caused by chronic Chagas' disease.
Megaesophagus, also known as ME, is a condition in humans, cats and dogs where peristalsis fails to occur properly and the esophagus is enlarged. Normally, when the animal`s esophagus is functioning properly, it acts as a muscle and pushes the food down the esophagus into the stomach. However, when an animal has megaesophagus, the esophagus stays....Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megaesophagus
(meg″ә-ә-sof´ә-gәs) dilatation and muscular hypertrophy of most of the esophagus, above a constricted, often atrophied, distal segment. See also achalasia.Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/21001
A pathologically dilated esophagus.Found on http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/glossary/glossary.asp
Great enlargement of the lower portion of the oesophagus, as seen in patients with achalasia and Chagas' disease. ... (05 Mar 2000) ... Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20973
megaesophagus Failure of the esophagogastric sphincter to relax with swallowing, as a result of the degeneration of the ganglion cells in the wall of the organ. The thoracic esophagus also loses its normal peristaltic activity and becomes dilated. Also called, cardiospasm. Specifically, failure of the esophagogastric sphincter to relax when swallo...Found on http://www.wordinfo.info/words/index/info/view_unit/1273/3
Type: Term Pronunciation: meg′ă-ē-sof′ă-gŭs, meg′ă-e-sof′ Definitions: 1. Great enlargement of the lower portion of the esophagus, as seen in patients with achalasia and Chagas disease.Found on http://www.medilexicon.com/medicaldictionary.php?t=53585
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