Common Lesions of the Esophagus and Trachea



Necrotic laryngitis Necrotic laryngitis
Necrotic laryngitis Necrotic laryngitis
Necrotic laryngitis
All of the photos above illustrate necrosis (dead tissue) of the larynx extending into the trachea. You may also see ulcers in this area.
Choke Choke
The above photos show foreign material or feed material that is caught in the esophagus (left photo) or the larynx (right photo). You may see some food material in the esophagus as well as the larynx and trachea due to death. Be sure to look closely at the surrounding tissue. If it looks red and inflamed or contains ulcers, it is likely that the food material was there prior to death.
Esophageal ulcers Esophageal ulcers
The photos illustrate hemorrhage (bleeding) and ulceration of the esophagus.
Esophageal worms Esophageal worms
The two photos above show examples of esophageal worms, commonly found in dairy cattle. The worms are the squiggly lines within the inner surface of the esophagus. These are incidental findings, and are of no concern.


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Normal Esophagus/Trachea for comparison

Common Lesions

Necropsy of the esophagus and trachea