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Endotracheal wash or transtracheal wash is a procedure to evaluate lungs for infection (pneumonia), inflammation, or cancer. In smaller patients (cats and small dogs) an endotracheal tube is inserted from the mouth into the trachea. In larger dogs a needle catheter is passed directly into the trachea. Sterile saline is inserted into the lungs and a sample is then retrieved for analysis (cytology and culture).

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Internal Medicine

Certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in internal medicine.

Our Internal Medicine Services

Abdominocentesis
Arthrocentesis
Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)
Bronchoscopy

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