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Bilateral laryngeal paralysis following a ventral slot surgery in a dog
  1. Alfonso Rodriguez1,
  2. Elsa Beltran2,
  3. Sandra Sanchis-Mora3 and
  4. Carolina Palacios3
  1. 1Anaesthesia and Analgesia Department, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Clinical Science and Services, Royal Veterinary College Clinical Services Division, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK
  3. 3Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Royal Veterinary College Clinical Services Division, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Alfonso Rodriguez; arodrmul{at}


An English springer spaniel developed laryngeal paralysis immediately after a ventral slot decompression surgery to treat an intervertebral disc extrusion that was causing a C1–T2 myelopathy with cervical hyperaesthesia. Postsurgical stabilisation in the intensive care unit is described. This included mechanical ventilation, tracheostomy tube placement and care, and laryngeal tie-back surgery aftercare. Common complications after ventral slot decompression include pain, severe haemorrhage and deterioration in the neurological status. Laryngeal paralysis has not yet been reported in dogs after a ventral slot.

  • laryngeal paralysis
  • ventral slot
  • dogs
  • anaesthesia
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  • Contributors All authors were involved in the case management and in the elaboration of the paper.

  • 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.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article.

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