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Soft palate hypoplasia in a horse
  1. CJ Proudman,
  2. DC Knottenbelt,
  3. SA May and
  4. GB Edwards
  1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Neston, South Wirral.


Several imaging techniques were used to diagnose hypoplasia of the soft palate in a horse. The absence of the caudal soft palate, hypertrophied lymphoid tissue and the formation of a pseudouvula were observed endoscopically. Plain and contrast radiography were used to demonstrate a soft palate remnant and to identify structures rostral to the epiglottis. Retrograde endoscopy of the pharynx via a tracheotomy incision is described.

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