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Equitation and exercise factors affecting dynamic upper respiratory tract function: A review illustrated by case reports




The importance of undertaking appropriate exercise tests for the diagnosis of dynamic upper respiratory tract (URT) obstructions has been previously documented. Dynamic URT collapse is usually most severe during peak exercise; however, there are occasions when an URT collapse appears more severe during the immediate recovery period. In addition, equitation factors such as head and neck flexion and factors relating to the bit and bridle may induce or exacerbate dynamic URT collapse. The purpose of this paper was to review the literature and 5 cases within the authors' experience have also been included.