A 2.4-kg, six-year-old, sterilised, male Pomeranian presented with dyspnoea that had begun two years prior and slowly progressed. Pharyngoscopy identified a redundant laryngopharyngeal mucosal fold that was being aspirated cranially into the laryngeal opening causing upper airway obstruction. A diode laser was used to resect the fold. Postoperative laryngeal oedema necessitated the use of a tracheostomy tube for just over two days. Otherwise, the dog made an uneventful recovery. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report of a redundant laryngopharyngeal mucosal fold resulting in upper airway obstruction in a dog.
- laryngopharyngeal mucosal fold
- upper airway obstruction
- diode laser
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Contributors JvdZ performed the surgery. MJH managed the case. MP wrote the case report. JvdZ and MJH proof-read and advised on the content of the case report.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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