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
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