Endoscopic Respiratory Exams
Upper and lower airway endoscopy or “scope” involves examining the airways; trachea, pharynx, larynx, guttural pouches and epiglottis. An endoscope is passed through one nostril and down the trachea, allowing the veterinarian to thoroughly examine the airways for inflammation, mucous, foreign bodies and any functional or anatomical abnormalities.
Endoscopic exams can provide valuable information about sickness, EIPH (bleeding) and overall poor performance. Performance horses can develop a multitude of upper respiratory problems that negatively impact their ability to perform at their best. By utilizing an endoscopic examination the veterinarian can better diagnose and treat the problem or refer the horse onto surgery or dynamic endoscopy if warranted.