Surgical Treatment of Laryngeal Paralysis

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2016 Jul;46(4):709-17. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2016.02.003. Epub 2016 Mar 4.


Unilateral arytenoid lateralization is the most commonly used technique to treat laryngeal paralysis. It is important not to overabduct the arytenoid cartilage during the unilateral lateralization to minimize exposure of the rima glottides. Dogs with laryngeal paralysis treated with unilateral lateralization have a good long-term prognosis. Idiopathic polyneuropathy is the most common cause of laryngeal paralysis in dogs.

Keywords: Arytenoidectomy; Canine; Permanent tracheostomy; Unilateral arytenoid lateralization; Ventral laryngotomy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / surgery*
  • Cats
  • Dog Diseases / surgery*
  • Dogs
  • Laryngeal Cartilages / surgery*
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis / surgery
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis / veterinary*