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Gastrointestinal endoscopy

Synonym(s): Gastroesophageal endoscopy

Contributor(s): Debbie Archer, Graham Munroe, Rachael Conwell, Jarred Williams

Introduction

  • Endoscopy for examination of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is especially useful in assessing esophageal and gastric disorders.
  • Easily undertaken in the standing animal.
  • Relatively non-invasive.
  • Increases diagnostic capabilities, especially in the diagnosis of diseases of the esophagus and stomach.
  • Limited by the length and diameter of the equipment and initial cost of equipment.
  • Experience in interpretation of normal and abnormal appearances is essential, as well as knowledge of anatomy and experience of operating the endoscope.
  • Should be considered part of complete diagnostic work-up for conditions including, choke, dysphagia, weight loss, poor performance, neoplasia and anorexia.
  • Adjunctive procedure for work-up of colic if lesions associated with small or large intestine are not identified.
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Equipment

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Preparation

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Regional examination

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Bonilla A G et al (2014) Small intestinal segmental volvulus in horses after gastroscopy: four cases (2011-2012). Equine Vet Educ 26 (3), 141-145 VetMedResource.
  • Merritt A M & Sanchez L C (2014) Complications following gastroscopy. Equine Vet Educ 26 (3), 146-147 VetMedResource.
  • Syikes B W & Jokisalo J M (2014) Rethinking equine gastric ulcer syndrome: Part 1 - terminology, clinical signs and diagnosis. Equine Vet Educ 26 (10), 543-547 VetMedResource.
  • Millar B (1998) Care and disinfection of endoscopes. Equine Vet Educ 10 (5), 278-280 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Johnson P J (2004) How to Perform Gastro-Oesophageal Endoscopy in a Horse. In: Proc 43rd BEVA Congress. Equine Vet J Ltd, UK. pp 232-234.
  • Traub-Dargatz & Brown (1997) Eds Equine Endoscopy. Mosby, USA. pp 138-280.


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