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Felinization of the esophagus.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7557174     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Transient transverse folds of the esophageal mucosa as seen by barium esophagography and on endoscopic examination have been termed "felinization." This finding has been considered a normal variant or has been associated with reflux esophagitis. No symptoms have been associated with its presence. In 280 unselected patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in our clinic, felinization was identified in 24% by prospective visual examination. It was not correlated with sex, age, symptom complex, or common coexistent endoscopic findings. These transverse esophageal folds, although visually interesting, appear to have no clinical significance. The endoscopist should recognize and differentiate them from fixed or persistent folds that can be associated with mucosal disease.
L W Kundrotas; G S Young; K A Lang; J A Woods
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gastrointestinal endoscopy     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0016-5107     ISO Abbreviation:  Gastrointest. Endosc.     Publication Date:  1995 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-11-02     Completed Date:  1995-11-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0010505     Medline TA:  Gastrointest Endosc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gastroenterology, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Cats / anatomy & histology
Diagnosis, Differential
Esophagus / anatomy & histology*,  physiology,  radiography
Middle Aged
Mucous Membrane / anatomy & histology,  physiology,  radiography
Time Factors

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