- Bronchoscopy involves scoping of the trachea and lower airways (lungs) of dogs and cats. It involves the use of a flexible endoscope.
- The animal is placed under anesthesia and the scope is run from the mouth down into the airways.
- Bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic to further investigate tracheal and lung disease.
- No external incisions are required and the animal may possibly be able to go home the same day with minimal to no discomfort.
- Bronchoscopy is an excellent modality for diagnosing tracheal and lower airway abnormalities such as tracheal collapse, tracheal tumors, inflammatory diseases of the lungs such as chronic bronchitis and feline asthma, and to retrieve foreign bodies.
- During the procedure, the internist will also locate an area to perform a "wash" (bronchoalveolar lavage) for culture and cell analysis to help with diagnosis of certain diseases and infections.
- Typically the patient will need to stay one night following the procedure.
- Minimal discomfort is associated with the procedure and the pet can resume normal activity following the procedure.