Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Flexible endoscopy

Contributor(s): Ed Hall, James Simpson

Introduction

Uses

  • A minimally invasive method of visualizing and examining the mucosal surface of the gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary tracts.

Advantages

  • Minimally invasive technique.
  • Well-tolerated by the patient.
  • Requires only light anesthesia.
  • Good visualization of the mucosa.
  • Able to collect biopsy samples Endoscopy: sampling equipment for histological examination.
  • Follow up procedures well-tolerated and permit progress to be monitored.
  • Minor surgical corrections possible.
  • Foreign body retrieval possible.

Disadvantages

  • Not possible to examine the entire gastrointestinal tract.
  • Lesions deeper than the mucosa will be missed.
  • Limited ability to carry out surgical corrections.
  • Equipment is expensive.
  • Requires high level of technical skill.
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Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Procedure unlikely to affect patient adversely.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Thomas D, Simpson J W & Hall E J (eds) (1996) BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Gastroenterology. 1st edn.
  • Tams T R (1990) Small Animal Endoscopy. Mosby Books, St Louis.


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