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Gastroduodenoscopy refers to an examination of the inner surface of the stomach and the initial portion of the small intestine (duodenum) using a flexible, fiberoptic endoscope. In addition to visual inspection, gastroduodenoscopy provides the ability to obtain multiple biopsies from the lining of the small intestine and stomach. Gastroduodenoscopy, therefore, provides an excellent tool in the diagnosis of multiple disorders of the intestinal system. Although general anesthesia is required, gastroduodenoscopy is generally a safe, non-surgical, non-painful procedure. Most patients are discharged the same day that the procedure is performed.

The major symptoms and reasons to perform a gastroduodenoscopy are:

  • Persistent vomiting
  • Persistent weight loss due to a small bowel disorder
  • Black, tarry stools (persistent melena)
  • Chronic diarrhea due to a small intestine disorder
  • Vomiting blood
  • Possible stomach or intestinal blockage
  • Inability to chew or swallow normally (dysphagia)
  • Removal of foreign matter from the stomach or esophagus
  • Placement of a feeding tube
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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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