Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Esophagoscopy

Contributor(s): James Simpson

Introduction

Uses

  • Examination of the esophageal mucosal surface.
  • Collection of mucosal biopsy samples from the esophagus.
  • Detection Esophagus foreign body 2 radiograph lateral and retrieval of foreign bodies Esophagus: foreign body from the esophagus.
  • Esophageal stricture dilatation Esophagus: stricture.
  • Detection/biopsy of esophageal masses.
  • Definitive diagnosis of esophagitis.
  • Investigation of:

Advantages

  • Non-invasive technique requiring no surgical intervention.
  • Well tolerated by sick dogs which would be unsuitable for esophagostomy.
  • Requires only light general anesthesia - rapid recovery.
  • Good visualization of the esophageal mucosa.
  • Follow up examination well tolerated and useful for assessing response to treatment.

Disadvantages

  • Will not detect pathology lying under the mucosa.
  • Cannot carry out surgical correction compared with thoracotomy but can remove esophageal foreign bodies.
  • Expensive equipment.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Simpson J W (1996)Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.In:Manual of Canine and Feline Gastroenterology.Eds D Thomas, J W Simpson & E J Hall. BSAVA, Cheltenham. pp 20.
  • Tams T R (1998)Small Animal Endoscopy.2nd edn. St Louis: C V Mosby.


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