Subtotal epiglottectomy for the management of epiglottic retroversion in a dog

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A six-year-old male neutered Yorkshire terrier was evaluated for severe, acute-onset, inspiratory dyspnoea. Laryngoscopy revealed retroversion of the epiglottis with intermittent occlusion of the rima glottidis during inspiration. The dog underwent both temporary and permanent epiglottopexy procedures that were unsuccessful. Subtotal epiglottectomy was performed and resulted in permanent resolution of dyspnoea without evidence of dysphagia or aspiration. This case highlights potential complications associated with management of this condition as well as describing the successful use of subtotal epiglottectomy in the dog.

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