|Authors||Gellasch KL, Dá Costa Gómez T, McAnulty JF, Bjorling DE|
|Journal||J. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc. Volume: 221 Issue: 12 Pages: 1719-23, 1714|
|Publish Date||2002 Dec 15|
Tracheal collapse is a common problem that is typically observed in middle-aged and older small-breed dogs. It is a structural, obstructive airway disease with a dynamic component that can affect the intra- and extrathoracic portions of the trachea and mainstem bronchi. Many methods of treatment have been suggested, including medical management and provision of extraluminal and intraluminal support. All techniques used to treat intrathoracic and mainstem bronchial collapse have been associated with major complications or limitations. This report describes the implantation of intraluminal nitinol stents to successfully treat intrathoracic as well as extrathoracic tracheal collapse in a dog. The stents are composed of material that has characteristics similar to those of the trachea; nitinol stents may provide a method of supporting intrathoracic tracheal and mainstem bronchial collapse in dogs.