Rubber band syndrome in a dyspneic dog
Keywords:dog, dyspnea, rubber band, trachea
The rubber band syndrome has been reported in both human and animal patients but the number of cases shows it
is an uncommon condition. Most cases live in communities where a rubber band is commonly used for a wide variety
of purposes. Here we report a case of a dyspneic dog with a linear constricting scar and a discharging sinus on the
ventral neck. The radiography showed constructive signs. Surgical exploration found a colored rubber band burrowing
into the tracheal lumen. Following surgery, the dog recovered without any complications in the postoperative followup period. This case emphasized that rubber band syndrome in a dog can cause severe adverse effects; this was the
first case of canine rubber band syndrome that penetrated the trachea and led to a life-threatening condition.