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Anatomy and Pathology of the Texel Sheep Larynx

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Leicestershire LE12 5RD, UK
Farm Post Mortems Ltd., Hamsterley House, Hamsterley, Bishop Auckland, Durham DL13 3QF, UK
Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB, UK
Liz Genever Sheep and Beef Consultancy, Bramley Cottage, Uffington, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4SX, UK
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Vet. Sci. 2019, 6(1), 21;
Received: 23 January 2019 / Revised: 17 February 2019 / Accepted: 20 February 2019 / Published: 27 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Anatomy, Histology and Pathology)
Laryngeal chondritis, or “Texel throat”, is a disease affecting the upper respiratory tract of sheep with breeds like the Texel appearing to be predisposed. Previous work suggests the conformation of these breeds of sheep may be predisposing these animals to laryngeal disease. This study evaluated the anatomy of the Texel sheep larynx and describes incidental pathology. Forty-three larynges from rams of the Texel and Bluefaced Leicester breeds of sheep were measured and photographed. A larynx from each breed was submitted for computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Measurements, photography, CT, and MRI demonstrated a difference in the anatomy of the larynx between breeds and a higher proportion of Texel sheep had laryngeal lesions. This study supports the hypothesis that the anatomy of the Texel sheep could be pre-disposing the breed to laryngeal chondritis. View Full-Text
Keywords: texel; bluefaced leicester; sheep; larynx; laryngeal chondritis; texel throat; respiratory disease texel; bluefaced leicester; sheep; larynx; laryngeal chondritis; texel throat; respiratory disease
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Waine, K.; Strugnell, B.; Remnant, J.; Lovatt, F.; Green, M.; Rideout, H.; Genever, E.; Baiker, K. Anatomy and Pathology of the Texel Sheep Larynx. Vet. Sci. 2019, 6, 21.

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