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An endoscopy is a minimally invasive medical procedure that enables a doctor to examine the interior surfaces of an organ or tissue inside a patient’s body using an endoscope. An endoscope is a medical device consisting of a long, thin, flexible (or rigid) tube which has a light and a video camera attached. It records images of the inside of the patient's body that can be viewed on a computer monitor. The endoscopy procedure is recorded so that doctors can review it again.

Endoscopy is a noninvasive alternative to surgery for foreign object removal from the esophageal, airway or gastrointestinal tract. An endoscope is also as a diagnostic tool for taking biopsy samples for testing in a laboratory.

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Internal Medicine

Dr. Cortright graduated from The Ohio State University.  After a rotating internship at Purdue University, she completed her Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Cornell University Hospital for Animals.

Dr. Cortright’s professional interests include endocrinology, liver disease and renal disease.  Her resident project at Cornell involved Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Scottish Terriers.  Dr. Cortright is a board certified member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Cortright lives with her husband, step-daughter Lauren and son William in Ithaca.  They share their home with a Labrador named Indiana, a cat named Tom Hanks and the world’s greatest Boston Terrier, Cosmo.  Her hobbies include volunteering with Cosmo, singing, swimming, and hiking.

Why Internal Medicine?

If your veterinarian has already diagnosed your pet you may be referred to an Internist to confirm their diagnosis and ensure proper a treatment protocol is established. It is also common to be referred to an Internist if your pet has been diagnosed with a condition which your veterinarian has limited or no experience in treating. If your veterinarian is having difficulty reaching a diagnosis or current treatments are not effective, then an Internist may be able to come to the correct diagnosis or adjust treatment plans to help get your pet healthy again. The following examples are some conditions and symptoms which may lead to your veterinarian referring your pet to an Internist:

  • Bleeding disorders including anemia
  • Chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Complicated pancreatic disease
  • Coughing and breathing problems
  • Endocrine disease (adrenal tumors, complicated diabetes, thyroid disorders)
  • Endoscopic retrieval of certain foreign bodies
  • Infectious disease
  • Kidney or bladder disease
  • Liver inflammation
  • Unexplained weight loss

What to Expect At Your Appointment

Dr. Cortright will perform a thorough physical examination of your pet and may discuss additional diagnostic testing when indicated. Additional testing may include testing of blood and tissue samples, diagnostic imaging such as ultrasound and radiography, biopsies of masses, internal organs or bone marrow, and endoscopy including; bronchoscopy (lungs), cystoscopy (bladder & urethra), colonoscopy (colon & small bowel), gastroduodenoscopy (stomach & upper intestines), rhinoscopy (nasal cavity), laparoscopy (minimally invasive surgery for biopsies of internal organs).

Our Internal Medicine Services

Abdominal Ultrasonography Abdominocentesis and Cystocentesis
Abdominocentesis
Arthrocentesis
Bronchoalveolar Lavage BAL

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