GI Endoscopy – Outpatient and Mobile Endoscopy

VICSD has achieved another first in San Diego veterinary medicine with our new mobile endoscopy service. (Mobile service offered in San Diego County, Temecula, Murrieta and Southern OC.)

What is GI Endoscopy?

GI endoscopy is a noninvasive diagnostic technique performed by a board-certified internal medicine specialist that allows direct visualization and assessment of the gastrointestinal tract using a flexible video endoscope. Diffuse inflammation, ulcers, and masses in the regions visualized can be identified and esophageal and gastric foreign bodies can be removed via endoscopy.

Gastroduodenoscopy allows visualization of the lining, or mucosal surface of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Colonoscopy allows visualization of the mucosal surface of the large intestine, or colon. Biopsies are always taken for histopathology so the etiology of the disease can be determined and appropriate next steps can be implemented.

• Chronic vomiting/diarrhea
• Unexplained weight loss
• Chronic poor appetite
• Suspicion of esophageal/gastric foreign body ingestion
• Suspicion of neoplasia of GI tract
• Panhypoproteinemia
• Unexplained GI bleeding

Possible diagnoses
• GI lymphoma
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease
• Foreign body
• Lymphangiectasia
• Hiatal hernia
• Bleeding ulcers

Diagnostics to be completed within 30 days of the procedure (diagnostics taken outside this time frame may need to be repeated)
• 3 view thoracic radiographs

Diagnostics to be completed within 7 days of the procedure (diagnostics taken outside this time frame may need to be repeated)
• Full serum chemistries including electrolytes (Superchem) and UA
• Full CBC with platelet count
• Coagulation profile-PT/PIVKA and PTT
• All diagnostic results must be made available to VICSD 24 hours prior to the procedure to allow for review
• If indicated, additional diagnostics through the RDVM will be discussed prior to endoscopy

What you will receive
• Verbal and written report of the results of the endoscopy on the day of the procedure
• Biopsy samples saved in formalin to be submitted to the lab/pathologist of your choice
• Cytology samples occasionally provided
• Follow-up consultation with the internal medicine specialist to discuss further diagnostic and therapeutic steps

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