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The Use of an Intraluminal stent in Canine Laryngeal Paralysis

Nov 21, 2016

The aim of the study is to determine whether this stent is an effective long term treatment for idiopathic laryngeal paralysis in dogs. 

We will be using a device that has been developed and tested in normal dogs and does not appear to cause adverse effects such as coughing.

Eligibility:

  • If you have a dog weighing between 20 and 38 kg with idiopathic laryngeal paralysis that you feel is amenable to treatment, please contact Dr. David Holt either by telephone at 215-898-3909 or e-mail: dholt@vet.upenn.edu. 
  • Ideally dogs should have recent blood work and good quality thoracic radiographs for inclusion in the study.

Benefits:

  • The study will pay for all expenses associated with routine evaluation and stent placement.

Note: The study will not cover costs of treating existing or post-stenting aspiration pneumonia as this is a recognized complication of the underlying disease.

Requirements:

  • Treated dogs will be required to have a sedated laryngeal examination performed at Penn Vet three months after the procedure. 
  • Should the dog have a stent related complication, the dog will be treated at Penn Vet at no charge to the owner.
  • Ideally animals should have recent blood work and good quality thoracic radiographs, including opposite lateral views to rule out neoplasia and pneumonia, for inclusion in the study.

Contact Information:

Dr. David Holt

  • Phone: 215-898-3909
  • e-mail: dholt@vet.upenn.edu