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What is BOAS?
BOAS, or brachycephalic obstructive airways syndrome, is common in animals with very short snouts. These short-faced breeds generally have elongated soft palates and stenotic airways often making it difficult to breath properly.
Surgery on the palate and nasal folds can be done to alleviate breathing issues. However, after the procedure, a tracheostomy is sometimes needed to help with breathing due to post surgical inflammation. This can leave the patient at high risk for pneumonia.
Presenting Symptoms (BOAS)
The patient was brought to a leading university veterinary hospital for BOAS surgery. A tracheostomy was required, and the dog developed pneumonia.
Since the patient had a history of repeated antibiotic administration for other chronic conditions, the vet team knew that careful selection of an antibiotic was critical. An endotracheal wash was performed to collect a sample from the dog’s respiratory system and was tested to determine presence of bacteria.
LexaGene’s MiQLab™ System brings reference lab quality testing to the point of care enabling detection of multiple pathogens from a single sample. The automated, multiplexed PCR platform provides easy to obtain results with accuracy. A one-of-a-kind technology, MiQLab detects 10 pathogens and four classes of first line antimicrobials (33 markers). It requires less than one minute of preparation time and provides results in approximately two hours.
MiQLab detects pathogens in clinical samples collected from companion animals suspected of infection in the urinary tract, skin and soft tissue, surgical site, and other primary and secondary infections while reducing unsuccessful treatment pathways by arriving at a correct diagnosis faster enabling clinicians to be better equipped to care for their patients.
MiQLab’s ability to detect both the pathogen and its resistance marker within two hours enabled timely and evidence-based life-saving treatment.