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Thursday, May 26 • 14:00 - 15:00
Management of guttural pouch disorders

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Guttural pouch (GP) disease in horses is an uncommon yet challenging clinical problem. Anatomy of this complicated structure will be reviewed along with a variety of diagnostic options. GP disease in Australia is mostly associated with foals in the form of tympany. The management of these cases from minor to severe and the range of conservative and surgical options presented. Techniques such as laser fenestration to gain access from the pharynx and GP septum fenestration will be demonstrated and discussed for difficult case management. The most common GP disease in adults in Australia is empyema and the associated chondroids. The management of these cases including conservative management options that are regularly successful will be presented. Uncommon in Australia but often misdiagnosed GP disease such as mycosis will be discussed with case presentation and management discussed. Rare neoplastic disease will be briefly discussed. The focus of this presentation will be diagnosis and an awareness of options that are available and the associated success rates.


Dr Ben Ahern

Ben is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland in equine surgery. He is American board certified in surgery and sports medicine and rehabilitiation. After working in private practise he has recently returned to academia

Thursday May 26, 2016 14:00 - 15:00 ACST
City Room 1 & 2 Adelaide Convention Centre