Persistent Frenulum of the Epiglottis in Four Foals
Authors: Yarbrough T.B.; Voss E.; Herrgesell E.J.; Shaw M.
Source: Veterinary Surgery, Volume 28, Number 4, July 1999 , pp. 287-291(5)
Abstract:Objective To report the clinical signs and management of 4 foals with persistent frenulum of the epiglottis. Study Design Case report. Animals Four newborn foals. Methods Foals were admitted with a complaint of oronasal reflux after nursing. Variable systemic signs of aspiration pneumonia were evident. Nasal endoscopy confirmed persistent dorsal displacement of the soft palate. Persistent frenulum of the epiglottis, confirmed by oral endoscopic examination, was transected. Results After surgery, all foals had the epiglottis positioned normally, dorsal to the soft palate. Clinical signs of oronasal reflux resolved by the second nursing attempt in 3 foals, whereas this was difficult to assess in one foal that was nursed intermittently because of the mares behavior. This foal died 2 days later. The other 3 foals have had normal epiglottic function for 24 years. Conclusions Persistent frenulum of the epiglottis should be considered in foals with oronasal reflux from birth. With appropriate medical and surgical management the prognosis for resolution should be good.©Copyright 1999 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1999-07-01