Conditions or ailments that are the cause of a problem that you see - your observation.

Your vet may diagnose

Arytenoid Chondritis & Epiglottiditis


These are problems of the upper airway (cartilage at the back of the throat) that result in inflamed, swollen, thickened, deformed and possibly paralyzed tissue that is diagnosed with endoscopy. They commonly occur in race horses in active race training.

While bacterial infection may cause this problem, in some cases it is more of a mysterious inflammatory disorder. Physical trauma from inhalation of airborne debris coming off a race track surface may be a contributing cause.

my vet's role


Guarded. Depends on the severity of the inflammation and involvement of the arytenoid cartilages. If there is chronic disfigurement and scarring of the epiglottis or larynx, then performance limiting respiratory obstruction may continue.

Damage to the epiglottis may result in dorsal displacement of the soft palate which may also be performance limiting.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP