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Nasal flushing

Contributor(s): Laura Garrett

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 Sm Anim Pract 14 (4), 220-226 PubMed.
  • Norsworthy G B (1996) Nasal flushing procedure for cytologic examination in the cat. Vet Med 90, 11.
  • Withrow S J & Lowes N (1981) Biopsy techniques in small animal oncology. JAAHA 17 (6), 889-902 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Petersen-Jones S & Crispin S (2002) BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Ophthalmology. 2nd edn. British Small Animal Veterinary Association. ISBN 0 905214 54 4


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