Epiglottic augmentation for treatment of dorsal displacement of the soft palate in racehorses: 59 cases (1985–1994)

Eric Tulleners From the Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Tulleners, Wilkerson); Department of Large Animal Clinical Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314 (Stick, Trumble); and Londonderry Equine Clinic, Box 175, St Malachi Rd, Cochranville, PA 19330 (Leitch).

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John A. Stick From the Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Tulleners, Wilkerson); Department of Large Animal Clinical Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314 (Stick, Trumble); and Londonderry Equine Clinic, Box 175, St Malachi Rd, Cochranville, PA 19330 (Leitch).

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Midge Leitch From the Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Tulleners, Wilkerson); Department of Large Animal Clinical Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314 (Stick, Trumble); and Londonderry Equine Clinic, Box 175, St Malachi Rd, Cochranville, PA 19330 (Leitch).

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Troy N. Trumble From the Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Tulleners, Wilkerson); Department of Large Animal Clinical Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314 (Stick, Trumble); and Londonderry Equine Clinic, Box 175, St Malachi Rd, Cochranville, PA 19330 (Leitch).

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Jonathan P. Wilkerson From the Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Tulleners, Wilkerson); Department of Large Animal Clinical Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314 (Stick, Trumble); and Londonderry Equine Clinic, Box 175, St Malachi Rd, Cochranville, PA 19330 (Leitch).

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Objective

To determine whether epiglottic augmentation, in conjunction with more traditional surgical methods, would be useful in the treatment of dorsal displacement of the soft palate in racehorses.

Design

Retrospective study.

Animals

40 Thoroughbred and 19 Standardbred racehorses.

Procedure

Polytetrafluoroethylene paste was injected submucosally on the lingual epiglottic surface of each horse. In addition, sternothyrohyoideus myectomy or sternothyroideus tenectomy and staphylectomy were performed in most horses.

Results

Racing performance was improved after surgery in 29 of 40 (73%) Thoroughbreds and 10 of 19 (53%) Standardbreds. Twenty-nine (49%) horses won ≥ 1 race after surgery.

Clinical Implications

Results suggest that epiglottic augmentation, in conjunction with other surgical methods, may be an effective method of treating horses with poor racing performance attributable to dorsal displacement of the soft palate. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 1997;211:1022–1028)

Objective

To determine whether epiglottic augmentation, in conjunction with more traditional surgical methods, would be useful in the treatment of dorsal displacement of the soft palate in racehorses.

Design

Retrospective study.

Animals

40 Thoroughbred and 19 Standardbred racehorses.

Procedure

Polytetrafluoroethylene paste was injected submucosally on the lingual epiglottic surface of each horse. In addition, sternothyrohyoideus myectomy or sternothyroideus tenectomy and staphylectomy were performed in most horses.

Results

Racing performance was improved after surgery in 29 of 40 (73%) Thoroughbreds and 10 of 19 (53%) Standardbreds. Twenty-nine (49%) horses won ≥ 1 race after surgery.

Clinical Implications

Results suggest that epiglottic augmentation, in conjunction with other surgical methods, may be an effective method of treating horses with poor racing performance attributable to dorsal displacement of the soft palate. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 1997;211:1022–1028)

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