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The Respiratory Tract- The trachea and upper airways can be examined using a flexible fibre-optic endoscope. This can also permit the collection of diagnostic samples and retrieval of aspirated small foreign bodies from the airway such as a grass material.
The Nasal Cavity -The inside of the nostrils and nasal cavity can be examined using a rigid endoscope- this is a small Stryker endoscopic camera mounted on a narrow probe which allows images to be displayed on a large colour video screen allowing the surgeon to collect samples, retrieve foreign bodies or take biopsy materials for analysis at the laboratory.
Endoscopy- vet diagnostic imaging
Video Endoscopy, or “scoping” is an excellent means of investigating diseases involving difficult to see areas in a safe, non-invasive manner, without requiring surgery:
At Greenmount vets we have a selection of 3 flexible endoscopes/ gastroscopes/ broncoscopes and several rigid scopes of different lengths and diameters
The Oesophagus - The oesophagus is the part of the intestine which connects the mouth to the stomach, along which food and liquids pass. Occasionally our pets can be over enthusiastic in their eating habits and attempt to swallow items which are too large to pass along. These may be large bone fragments or in the case of “Sabre” below who swallowed her dinner spoon and all. These foreign bodies become lodged frequently at the base of the heart or at the entrance into the stomach. This prevents the dog from being able to pass any food into its stomach and risks the oesophagus perforating or rupturing with fatal consequence. Fortunately we have endoscopic equipment and specifically designed long graspers to retrieve such foreign bodies from a dogs oesophagus safely without the need for surgery.
Dramatic X-ray image of Sabre’s spoon lodged in her oesophagus extending from just behind her heart and into her stomach
Here is the spoon lodged in sabre’s oesophagus on an endoscopic view from the special camera which is passed into her oesophagus
This view shows the moment the specific long oesophageal foreign body graspers were carefully passed under endoscopic guidance to gently remove the offending spoon!
With the pet sedated or under a General Anaesthetic the fibre– optic endoscope is carefully passed allowing the veterinary surgeon to see into the respiratory or gastrointestinal tracts through a lens rather like a camera. This image is the magnified and displayed on a video screen.
Greenmount has a range of endoscopes including 2 flexible fiberoptic video endoscopes / broncoscope & 4 rigid endoscopes & arthroscopes of differing sizes to allow examinations of different regions.
The ear- Rigid endoscopy permits examination of the tympanic membrane (ear drum) and also to facilitate endoscopic assisted removal of ear tumours & foreign objects.
The joints- special fine arthroscopes are used to image the joints- see section on arthroscopy for more detailed information on the many arthroscopic procedures which may be arranged by referral to Ewing for orthopaedic surgery.
The Gastro-intestine- The Stomach & Bowel are also examined by flexible endoscopes, which allow the long scopes to go around corners and turn around to look at different regions of the stomach. This is useful to assess the stomach for ulcers and collect biopsy materials from abnormal looking gastric mucosa without requiring surgery.
The moment the spoon is returned into the mouth for removal whilst Sabre is under general anaesthetic.
Brian, Vet surgeon and Alice, nurse with Sabre the following day after fully recovering. Best keep that spoon at a safe distance!
Greenmount Veterinary Clinic
72 Gilford Road,
Portadown, Co Armagh,
Tel: 028 38 358525/352640
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