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Arthrocentesis is the sampling of joint fluid. This is typically done in dogs and cats with lameness secondary to joint disease. Most causes of joint effusion (excessive fluid in joints) are immune-mediated polyarthritis (IMPA), joint infection, and tick borne diseases. The diagnosis of IMPA is based on the sampling of multiple joints. Findings include inflammation without evidence of bacterial infection on culture. Rarely fungal disease (e.g. blastomycosis) and cancer may be found in the joint. Treatment of septic arthritis (infected joint) is based on chronic aggressive antibiotic therapy. While treatment of IMPA is based on chronic immuneosuppressants to help prevent that body from continuing to attack the joints.
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Internal Medicine

VCA ASEC's Board Certified Internists, Dr. Betty Chow, Dr. Todd Cohen and Dr. Sam Trivedi are leading experts at performing minimally invasive laser & endoscopic procedures. They handle complex disease conditions of the liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, urogenital system, endocrine organs, lungs, and immune system. VCA ASEC offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, working closely with the primary veterinarian to give pets the highest level of care.

Internal Medicine Department’s Services

Cystoscopy
Gastroduodenoscopy
Colonoscopy
Rhinoscopy
Nasopharyngoscopy
Bronchoscopy
Vaginourethroscopy
Ultrasonography & guided aspirates/biopsies
Transtracheal wash
Bronchoalveolar lavage
Bone marrow aspirates
Oncologic evaluation
Arthrocentesis
PEG and esophagostomy tube placement
Laser Lithotripsy
Laser Ectopic Ureter Ablation
Endoscopic-Assisted Gastropexy
• Contrast Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study

 

Our Internal Medicine Services

Abdominocentesis
Arthrocentesis
Bronchoalveolar Lavage BAL
Bronchoscopy

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