Feline esophagus

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Nikunj Bhatt (1), Norman Loberant (2)
(1) Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton OH, (2) Department of Radiology, Western Galilee Hospital, Nahariya, Israel

Figure Legends : 

Figures 1a,b,c. Images of the mid-esophagus from a double contrast upper gastrointestinal series. The images were recorded over a span of less than a minute, the first and third images showing the nearly featureless normal esophageal mucosa, with the second, intervening, image showing a pattern of transient fine transverse striations, the so-called

Case Description

Clinical History: 

64-year-old female referred for out-patient upper gastrointestinal radiography because of


Feline esophagus


Feline esophagus is the benign transient fine circumferential transverse folds that arise during upright double-contrast esophagography or during prone barium swallowing, and is sometimes described as an

References / Suggested Reading: 

1. Furth EE, Rubesin SE, and Rose D. Feline esophagus. AJR 1995; 164: 900.
2. Levine MS, Goldstein HM. Fixed Transverse folds in the esophagus: A sign of reflux esophagitis. AJR 1984; 143: 275-278.
3. Gohel VK, Edell SL, Laufer I, Rhodes WH. Tranverse folds in the human esophagus. Radiology 1978; 128: 303-308.
4. Rucker IO, Heyman MB, Peer HA, Gooding CA. Ringed esophagus (feline esophagus) in childhood. Pediatric Radiology 1997; 9: 773-775.
5. Losurdo J, Bruninga K, Obozi B, et al. Idiopathic eosphinophilic esophagitis: A new cause of


Feline esophagus, Nikunj Bhatt (1), Norman Loberant (2), Imaging Science Today, 2010, 562.