Simultaneous staphylectomy and unilateral arytenoid lateralization in dogs presenting for dyspnea: 23 cases (2010-2013)

Ann E. Heffernan, Jeffery J. Biskup, Betty A. Kramek, Greg M. Anderson

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Abstract

This retrospective study assesses postoperative complications with simultaneous staphylectomy and unilateral arytenoid lateralization (SP + UAL) in dogs with laryngeal paralysis and concurrent elongation of the soft palate compared to dogs having a UAL alone. Medical records of dogs having a UAL performed from 2010 to 2013 were reviewed. Twenty-three dogs were diagnosed with a concurrent elongated soft palate and had a SP + UAL performed and 89 dogs were diagnosed with an appropriate soft palate and had only a UAL performed. A telephone questionnaire for long-term postoperative outcomes was completed. Survival probability was not statistically different between the 2 groups. Dogs in the SP + UAL group were more likely to be seen for respiratory distress after surgery (P = 0.05). There was no significant difference between the 2 groups in the number of dogs which developed postoperative aspiration pneumonia. The overall complication rate for both groups was high, with postoperative pneumonia being the most common complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1087-1092
Number of pages6
JournalCanadian Veterinary Journal
Volume57
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2016

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