Veterinary endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure for direct visualization and biopsy of internal structures.

Endoscopes are thin, flexible tubes equipped with a light, camera, and a working “channel” through which tissue samples and foreign body retrievals can be made. The endoscope can be introduced through natural openings (such as the mouth and nose) or small incisions, depending on the area to be examined.

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How is endoscopy used at Vickery Place?

Veterinary endoscopy is useful for various diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, including:

  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Allows examination of the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, to identify abnormalities, such as ulcers, tumors, or foreign objects. Captures images of normal and abnormal tissues, allows for biopsy and retrieval of foreign items.
  • Bronchoscopy: Used to examine the respiratory system, including the trachea and bronchi, and to diagnose the cause of respiratory issues such as chronic cough.
  • Rhinoscopy: This procedure involves the examination of the nasal passages and sinuses, useful for diagnosing respiratory problems and nasal diseases.
  • Otoscopy: Provides greater visualization of the ear canal and middle ear structures than can be obtained using a hand held otoscope. It also allows biopsy of diseased tissue and removal of foreign objects, infectious material, and inflammatory polyps. Otoscopy also provides visual documentation of the disease process and response to treatment.

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