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Treatment in the field of 27 horses with epiglottic entrapment
  1. T. Russell, BVMS, MACVSc, MRCVS1 and
  2. M. Wainscott, BVSc, MACVSc2
  1. 1 University Veterinary Centre, Werombi Road, Camden, New South Wales 2750, Australia
  2. 2 Veterinary Department, Macau Jockey Club, Taipa, Macau
  1. Mr Russell's present address is Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, 905 Goulburn Valley Highway, Congupna, Victoria 3633, Australia


Twenty-seven horses were treated for epiglottic entrapment by using an oral, hand-assisted bistoury knife technique, under general anaesthesia; 26 of them returned successfully to racing, but one developed a permanently displaced soft palate. After the surgery 13 of the horses had an increased handicap rating and 13 had a decreased rating.

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