Respiratory conditions can seriously affect your horse’s health and performance.
In the past, diagnosis of many respiratory conditions simply were not possible, until the development of equine endoscopy, which allows visualisation of the horse’s respiratory system.
A powerful diagnostic tool, video endoscopy allows real-time frame-by-frame assessment of the upper airway and associated structures. Only with endoscopy can a veterinarian diagnose problematic respiratory conditions that can limit your horse’s potentiall
Horse endoscopy involves passing a tube, with a small camera on the end, along the trachea to examine the upper airway and associated structures.
The endoscope allows a veterinarian to visualise the horse’s respiratory system and make a diagnosis. Most often, endoscopy is used to diagnose respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia, guttural pouch infections and gastric ulcers.
Equine upper airway endoscopy is an examination of the horse’s upper respiratory tract and is a routine procedure that allows thorough examination of a horse’s nasal passages, pharynx, larynx, guttural pouches and trachea (windpipe). A video-endoscope developed its name as it allows the image on the eyepiece to be projected in real-time to a TV monitor, which allows observers to visualise what is being seen with the scope.
There are a number of reasons that your horse may require endoscopic examination. Some of these reasons include-
* Airway noise during rest or exercise
* Unexplained nasal discharge
* Bleeding from the nostrils
* Chronic cough
* Poor performance
* Noise production indicates turbulence of airflow through the horse’s nasal passages or larynx. Turbulence is usually the result of some type of obstructive lesion or the horse having a condition that causes obstruction of the larynx during exercise.
Pharynx and larynx
* Laryngeal hemiplegia (roaring)
* Dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP)
* Epiglottic entrapment
Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate (DDSP)
Guttural Pouch Endoscopy
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