Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Nasal flushing

Introduction

  • Vigorous irrigation of nasal chambers should dislodge cells and debris which can be examined cytologically.

Uses

Advantages

  • Non-invasive.
  • Quick procedure.
  • Occasionally helps to clear discharge and debris from nasal passages and reduce stertor.
  • Occasionally produces tissue sample for histopathological examination if nasal mass very friable.

Disadvantages

  • Requires general anesthesia.
  • May not provide material suitable for examination.
  • Messy.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • McCullough S, Brinson J (1999) Collection and interpretation of respiratory cytology. Clin Tech Small Anim Pract 14 (4), 220-6 PubMed.
  • Withrow S J & Lowes N (1981) Biopsy techniques in small animal oncology. JAAHA 17 (6), 889-902 VetMedResource.


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