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Originally Posted By: MaggieRoseLee
Quote:Mega can come out of no where for no reason but more often than not a source can be identified.
I'm not quite sure what's meant about that statement.

But what I do know is there do seem to be 2 types of mega. One is the genetic form puppies are born with, and this is the one I have quite a bit of personal knowledge about. The one I do NOT know as much about is one that occurs suddenly to older dogs with no warning or seeming cause. (this maybe the one EastGSD is thinking about?)
3 types. Congenital (dog was born with it), secondary (dog has acquired it due to other illness), and idiopathic (dog has acquired it in later years for unknown reasons).

From the many articles I have read on MegaE it seems as if an identifiable cause is only found in only small percentage of cases. Usually it's Myasthenia Gravis or thyroid disease.

If the esophagus has been stretched out large enough for long enough despite the treatment of the underlying disease or anomoly causing it, it may never return to complete function.
 

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Originally Posted By: EastGSD

My point was for the poster to craefully evaluate and look for what is causing the mega (which is an overstretched esophagus.) The point is the dilation....not just calling it "mega."
Maiya has been tested for every disease that comes to mind when we found out she had Mega. Her esophagus is stretched beyond what even a typical Mega dogs looks like. Given that she was a rescue we have no idea what her puppyhood was like, but the vets and the specialist all say they are almost positive she was born like this as they can find no identifiable cause. They say that the idiopathic "version" of it does not pop up until the "later" years. Certainly not at 2 years old.

What they say pretty much verifies everything I've read and vice versa. It seems that much is agreed upon.

Maiya can't be helped beyond managing her condition which is what we are doing. I've come to learn first hand how devastating this disease is (more devastating is the aspiration pneumonia that often accompanies it), and started thinking about the genetics of it.

Just grappling for any info I can get for educational purposes. Not even sure what I'm looking for. I read a lot of MegaE from the doctor's prespective, I guess I'm now looking for the breeder's prespective.
 
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