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Wednesday, May 25 • 10:30 - 11:30
Surgical management of dynamic upper airway obstructions

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Dynamic respiratory endoscopy (DRE) has been a major step forward in the diagnosis of airway problems in horses. DRE has revealed upper airway issues in horses to often be multi faceted and not as simple as we once thought. With this improved ability to understand the problem it has allowed for more targeted treatments to be undertaken. Post-operative use of DRE has lead to the critical evaluation of the efficacy of many treatments that in the past was impossible. With this critical evaluation many treatments have been modified and improved leading to improved or at a minimum more realistic outcomes. During this presentation multiple DRE examinations will be reviewed. Discussion of the benefits of standing versus dynamic examinations and what has been learnt from the comparison of the two will be discussed. Various upper airway dynamic exams will be used to illustrate the pros and cons of various treatment options. This will include laryngeal hemiplegia, DDSP, vocal cord collapse, pharyngeal wall collapse and others as time permits.


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

Wednesday May 25, 2016 10:30 - 11:30 ACST
City Room 1 & 2 Adelaide Convention Centre