Narrowing of Pyloric Canal in Cats

Chronic Hypertrophic Pyloric Gastropathy in Cats

Pyloric stenosis, or chronic hypertrophic pyloric gastropathy, is the narrowing of the pyloric canal due to an overgrowth of muscles of that region. This region of the stomach connects with the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum. The exact cause of the disease is still unknown; it is rarely found in cats.

Symptoms and Types

The severity of symptoms directly correlates to the extent of the pyloric canal’s narrowing; these include chronic, intermittent vomiting (often several hours after eating), loss of appetite, and weight loss. Vomiting may contain undigested or partially digested food, and does not settle with the administration of drugs.


The exact cause for chronic hypertrophic pyloric gastropathy is still unknown, though it is believed to be either congenital (existing at birth) or acquired later in life. Risk factors that may play a role in influencing the disease process include:

  • Tumors
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic gastritis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Chronic increase in gastrin (hormone that stimulate secretion of HCL in stomach) levels


Your cat’s veterinarian will take a detailed history from you and perform a complete physical examination and laboratory tests on the animal. The results of routine laboratory tests, including complete blood profile, biochemistry profile, and urinalysis, may be variable depending upon the underlying cause. In cats with severe ulceration, for example, anemia may be present. X-rays, meanwhile, may reveal a distended stomach due to stenosis of the pyloric canal. For more detailed results, your veterinarian may perform a gastrointestinal barium contrast study, in which barium sulfate is given orally to help highlight the location and extent of the narrowing on X-rays.

Another technique called fluoroscopy is sometimes employed. This imaging technique obtains real-time moving images of internal structures of the cat on camera with the use of a fluoroscope. The veterinarian may also employ endoscopy for detailed evaulation, in which he or she will look directly into the stomach and duodenum using an endoscope, a rigid or flexible tube that is inserted into the stomach and duodenum to visually inspect and take pictures of the region. Abdominal ultrasonography may also help in identifying the narrowing of the pyloric canal.


The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance


The act of making an opening narrower.


An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness


The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine


A type of instrument that is used to look inside the body

barium sulfate

Commonly referred to simply as barium, may be used as a material for contrast injections.


The first part of the small intestine; can be found between the pylorus and the jejunum


A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.


A medical condition in which the stomach becomes inflamed

Leave a Reply