October 11, 2013
Ollie is a 10 month old Spaniel with pharyngeal asynchrony. This is a condition where there is asynchrony between contraction of the pharynx during swallowing and relaxation of the upper esophageal sphyncter. Unfortunately this condition has no treatment, so the only option is for owners to manage long term via a feeding tube (low profile gastrostomy tube).
Pharyngeal asynchrony is a diagnosis of exclusion, where the feeding tube requires an initial surgical gastrostomy tube to create the stoma followed by placement of a specific low profile tube several weeks later. In Ollie’s case, he came in needing a bigger tube placed, as he outgrew stoma, so the original tube became too small and dislodged.
The procedure was successful, and Ollie returned home to a very happy family. Thank you SAIN for your contribution!