The Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) funded a research in which the scientists had to develop a brand new surgical technique for the treatment of recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RNL) in horses. This new technique is very promising in improving the outcomes of the surgery and helping the horses breathe much easier.

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The new technique was developed by the researchers at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and they say that it will provide a strong anchor on the paralyzed cartilage in the larynx to hold it open. This is supposed to be much better than the current surgical practices.

The findings were published in the “American Journal of Veterinary Research”.

The lead researcher, Dr. Santiago D. Gutierrez-Nibeyro, says that this is a biomechanically superior technique than the previous one, and it will help save many horses lives.

Recurrent laryngeal neuropathy is a very degenerative disease that leads to progressive partial paralysis of the left half of the larynx. In most of the cases is not life-threatening, but it makes the horse unable to breathe properly during physical exercise and thus making the horse unable to work or race.

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