Managing DDSP in Sport Horses Medically
While lower airway disorders in horses—think pneumonia or equine asthma—usually necessitate medical treatment, upper airway issues such as recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (“roaring”) or epiglottic entrapment are generally treated surgically, right? In many cases, yes. But researchers recently determined that, in sport horses, medical treatment might be useful for an upper airway disorder that commonly affects racehorses: dorsal displacement of the soft palate, or DDSP.
Fe ter Woort, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, of Equine Sports Medicine Practice, in Waterloo, Belgium, shared the results of her recent retrospective study on treating DDSP sans surgery at the 2018 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held earlier this year in Seattle, Washington.
Displacement occurs when the horse’s palate shifts on top of the epiglottis and partially obstructs the airway. This leads to clinical signs such as respiratory noise, coughing, and poor performance. It’s most common in racehorses but can also appear in sport
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