13 year old male neutered Husky with one month history of voice change, coughing, and trouble swallowing. What are your findings?
There is air in the laryngeal saccules on one image of the neck. The esophagus is diffusely dilated with air. There is an alveolar pattern in the right cranial lung lobe with an air bronchogram visible. The cardiovascular structures are normal.
- Air in the laryngeal saccules can be associated with laryngeal paralysis
- Neurogenic laryngeal and esophageal muscle atrophy causing laryngeal paralysis and megaesophagus with aspiration pneumonia
- No histologic abnormalities of the nerve were found
- Most likely idiopathic in origin
- Kitshoff, AM., BV Goethem, L Stegen, P Vandekerckhove, H de Rooster. 2013. Laryngeal paralysis in dogs: An update on recent knowledge. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 84(1):1-9.