The present study was performed for diagnosis and surgical management of critical surgical affections at the pharyngeal region in horses. It was carried out on a total number of 10 horses. Radiographical and histopathological examinations were performed to confirm the diagnosis in addition to endoscopic examination for subepiglottic cyst. Surgical and endoscopic interventions were performed. A subepiglottic cyst was diagnosed in a mare as a voluminous mass rostral to the epiglottis through endoscopic examination. A thyroglossal duct cyst was found in a filly foal as a large banana like, cystic fluctuant mass at the left retropharyngeal region. A melanotic melanoma was detected in a mare as a distinct midline cranial ventral cervical mass. Guttural pouch empyema was recorded in 7 horses. It could be concluded that surgical and endoscopic treatments were curative for management of such affections without recurrence. Also, thyroglossal duct cyst should be included as a differential diagnosis when encountering a foal with a fluid filled mass at the lateral retropharyngeal region.
Subepiglottic cyst, thyroglossal duct cyst, melanoma, guttural pouch empyema, horses.