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Bronchoscopy is the endoscopic evaluation of the primary airways in the lungs and tracheoscopy is the endoscopic study of the trachea. In most cases a small, short flexible scope is used to perform the study. Samples for culture and analysis can be obtained through the bronchoscope using either a fluid lavage technique (the flushing and retrieval of sterile fluid) or a sterile brush. Foreign matter can be identified and often removed. Samples of airway growths can be obtained with biopsy instruments. In larger dogs, the scope can be passed down the throat without disruption of anesthesia or oxygen. Bronchoscopy requires little patient preparation outside of withholding food the morning of the scheduled procedure. Most patients are discharged the same day that the procedure is performed.

The major symptoms and reasons to perform a bronchoscopy/tracheoscopy are:

  • Persistent coughing
  • Study and removal of foreign matter in the trachea and lungs
  • To obtain biopsies from the trachea or major airways
  • To aid in the diagnosis of a collapsed trachea or lung
  • To obtain samples for testing and sensitivity when pneumonia is suspected
  • To determine the location of a tear in the trachea
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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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