A three years old Tennessee Walking Horse stallion was admitted to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for evaluation of excercise intolerance and coughing during excercise. The endoscopic examination revealed intermittent dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) due to a flaccid, hypoplastic epiglottis. The radiologic examination of the throat and larynx showed 7.3 mm epiglottic length from the body of the thyrohyoid cartilage to the tip of the epiglottis. Epiglottic augmentation surgery was elected to correct the problem. During the surgical procedure, after laryngotomy, teflon paste was injected submucosally into the ventral surface of the larynx in 5 rows. The cricothyroid ligament and subcutis were closed and the skin incision was left open to heal by second intention. The etiopathogenesis, clinical aspects and different treatment options for DDSP in horses are also discussed in the paper.
|Translated title of the contribution||Epiglottic augmentation surgery for the treatment of intermittent dorsal displacement of the soft palate in the horse|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Magyar Allatorvosok Lapja|
|State||Published - Dec 12 2006|