2019 ACVS Surgery Summit
This address takes an in-depth look at the larynx and its immediate environs, an area which is often only cursorily examined in veterinary medicine despite being its own specialty in human medicine. We revisit anatomy, function and present new insight regarding innervation of the larynx. Conditions such as “laryngeal paralysis” and “laryngeal collapse” need to be dismembered, then re-classified accurately into their many types. This can only be enabled with a thorough anatomical and functional examination of the upper airway, documented and recorded. The critical roles the pharynx, nasopharynx, nasal, glossal and palatal tissues, middle ear and the act of deglutition play in laryngeal function will also be discussed, and a standardized, systematic examination system to diagnosis and document upper airway structure and function proposed.