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Silicone Endoprostheses: A New Treatment for Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs

Updated: 6 days ago

Courtesy of Dr. Soon-Wuk Jeong *

College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul 05029, Korea

Jeong SW. Silicone stenting as an emergency option for treatment of canine laryngeal paralysis. J Vet Sci. 2022 Jul;23(4):e69. https://doi.org/10.4142/jvs.22199





Treatment of laryngeal paralysis in dogs with silicone endoprostheses
Treatment of laryngeal paralysis in dogs with silicone endoprostheses

Laryngeal paralysis in dogs is an emergency condition that worsens upper respiratory distress and causes life-threatening disease. So far, surgical arytenoid lateralisation is a typical treatment method. In two recent articles [1, 2], the placement of a silicone laryngeal stent has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of laryngeal paralysis.


The procedure is simple and inexpensive. In humans, silicone laryngeal stents are very effective in treating upper airway obstruction for short and long periods. Théron and Lahuerta-Smith report that dogs survived up to 13 months after installation of silicone laryngeal stents [1].


The authors expect longer survival and more clinical applications in the future. Considering that laryngeal paralysis is common in small animals [3], silicone laryngeal stenting may be a valuable approach for small animal surgeons in the treatment of laryngeal paralysis in dogs and cats.



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