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Imogen Bertin
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Username: Imogen

Post Number: 517
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Tuesday, Jun 1, 2004 - 2:03 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dear Dr O

There is an excellent but aged (17) eventer/hunter trials horse at our local yard who roars. He is leased by a friend of mine who has been told that a vet with a reputation for being fond of surgery "solutions" is now doing a new laser treatment for laryngeal hemiparesis which is "day surgery", cheap and does not require a long recovery time.

A different, very experienced local specialist horse vet that most of us use (despite his high fees!) apparently does not rate this treatment at all but then he also doesn't have the laser equipment either...

I have printed out your article for my friend but I just wondered if you have seen anything recently about such a technique?

I also plan to suggest to my friend that he take the horse to be evaluated by the vet that doesn't believe in the treatment first to get him graded and get some idea of the likely improvement under conventional methods. Does that seem sensible?

My own view is that the horse is too old to be messing like this unless the technique is proven and highly reliable but that in any case without proper assessment it's all speculative. My friend is quite nervous about competing though he does some dressage and showjumping. I don't see that the roaring really affects this horse's performance so I would almost rate it as "cosmetic" surgery because the rider is embarrassed/made nervous by the noise making people look at them.

In the circumstances I think it is perhaps a little unfair to inflict a new surgery technique on the horse but maybe there is a new solution to this fairly common problem?

All the best

Imogen
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Thursday, Jun 3, 2004 - 6:11 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Imogen,
THere was a touch of research on laser therapy on hemiplegia in the 90's but results were disappointing so not much else has been published on this.
DrO
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Imogen Bertin
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Posted on Thursday, Jun 3, 2004 - 6:12 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I found one article on the 'net about this at http://evrp.lsu.edu/healthtips/LaryngealHemiplegia.htm but this seems to suggest the laser treatment is related to ventriculectomy/cordectomy. There are other references but they are all on subscription sites for academic papers... Still confused.

All the best

Imogen
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john a auguillard
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Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, Feb 20, 2007 - 8:37 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

what to do after laser treatment and your horse still has a roar when excised
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 17832
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Posted on Wednesday, Feb 21, 2007 - 7:03 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

John you reevaluate the continued cause of the roar and see if there is more that can be done. For more on this see, Diseases of Horses » Respiratory System » Noises and Decreased Performance in Exercising Horses: Roarers.
DrO
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