Respiratory Diseases of the Horse: A Problem-Oriented Approach to Diagnosis and Management

Respiratory Diseases of the Horse: A Problem-Oriented Approach to Diagnosis and Management

By: Laurent L. Couetil (author), Jan F. Hawkins (author)Hardback

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The authors provide a problem-oriented approach to the assessment and management of respiratory illness in horses. The book deals first with the anatomy, function and clinical examination of the respiratory system, followed by discussion of diagnostic tests and procedures. The clinical section is focused around the cardinal presenting manifestations of equine respiratory disease: coughing, nasal discharge, increased breathing efforts, respiratory noise, plus a chapter on congenital abnormalities. The text is presented systematically covering definition, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnoses, diagnosis, management and treatment. The book is illustrated throughout with excellent quality color photos, diagrams and algorithms. It is of lasting value to equine specialists in practice and in training, and will be a useful reference for non-specialist practitioners.


Anatomy of the equine respiratory tract Introduction Extrathoracic airways Overview; nares and rostral nasal passages; nasal septum; conchae and paranasal sinuses; guttural pouches; nasopharynx; hard and soft palate; epiglottis; larynx; cervical trachea Intrathoracic airways and the lungs Tracheobronchial tree; pulmonary circulation; bronchial circulation Pulmonary function Ventilation Respiratory muscles; lung volumes and ventilation; regional differences in ventilation Diffusion Respiratory gases; laws of diffusion; diffusion limitation; transport of gases in blood Ventilation-perfusion relationship Mechanics of breathing Airflow resistance; lung elasticity; pulmonary inertance Clinical examination General inspection Signalment; history; breathing pattern; nasal discharge Physical examination Extrathoracic airways: nose to extrathoracic trachea; intrathoracic airways and chest wall: intrathoracic trachea to alveoli Diagnostic tests and therapeutic procedures Endoscopy Dynamic endoscopy Diagnostic imaging Radiography; computed tomography; nuclear imaging; ultrasonography Sampling of respiratory secretions Tracheal wash; bronchoalveolar lavage; airway brushing Airway and lung biopsy Endobronchial biopsy; percutaneous lung biopsy; thoracoscopic lung biopsy Thoracocentesis Sinus trephination Sinoscopy Thoracoscopy Lung function tests Arterial blood gases; lung mechanics Allergy tests Aerosol therapy Principles of aerosol therapy; aerosol delivery devices; aerolization of anti-microbials The coughing horse Introduction Definition; characteristics; pathophysiology Acute cough Viral respiratory infections; pneumonia Chronic cough Heaves (recurrent airway obstruction); inflammatory airway disease; parasitic pneumonitis The horse with nasal discharge Introduction Seromucoid nasal discharge Rhinitis; viral infections Mucopurulent nasal discharge Sinus diseases; guttural pouch empyema; strangles Epistaxis Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage; ethmoid hematoma; guttural pouch mycosis; miscellaneous causes of epistaxis Milk Cleft palate; dorsal displacement of the soft palate The horse with increased respiratory effort Introduction Pleuropneumonia/pneumonia; heaves (recurrent airway obstruction); interstitial lung diseases; proximal airway obstruction Abnormal respiratory sounds Introduction Stridor Nasal diseases: atheroma; alar fold obstruction; nasal septum obstruction; nasal polyps. Pharyngeal and laryngeal diseases: dorsal displacement of the soft palate; epiglottic entrapment; epiglottic retroversion; axial deviation of the aryepiglottic folds; epiglottitis; rostral displacement of the palatopharyngeal arch; laryngeal hemiplegia; arytenoid chondritis. Tracheal diseases: collapsing trachea; tracheal trauma; tracheal neoplasia Abnormal lung sounds Congenital abnormalities Wry nose; choanal atresia; palatoschisis (cleft palate); cysts; branchial arch defects; guttural pouch tympany Further reading Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781840761863
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781840761863
  • weight: 930
  • ISBN10: 1840761865

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