- Rhinoscopy involves scoping of the nose and nasal sinuses in dogs and cats.
- Rhinoscopy is often immediately preceded by advanced imaging such as computed tomography (CT scan) to aid in visualization and diagnosis.
- The animal is placed under anesthesia and a rigid scope is run up each nasal passage.
- Rhinoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic to further investigate nasal disease which leads to sneezing, nasal discharge, or nose bleeds.
- Most commonly, no external incisions are required
- Rhinoscopy is an excellent modality for diagnosing (and potentially treating) nasal foreign bodies, nasal tumors, fungal disease, and inflammatory disease of the nose.
- During the procedure biopsy and culture of the nasal tissues will often be obtained to aid in diagnosis using 2-4mm biopsies.
- 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 in most cases.