Upper Airway Video Endoscopy

Endoscopy involves using a small camera on the end of a tube, called an endoscope, to take images of the body as it is passed along a tissue.  Diseases and abnormalities of the upper airway may contribute to poor performance in sport horses and illness in any horse.

Upper airway endoscopy allows the accurate diagnosis of diseases and abnormalities such as recurrent laryngeal hemiplegia (“roaring”), displacement of the soft palate, epiglottic entrapment, guttural pouch infections, ethmoid hematomas or other tumors, and aids in differentiating between infectious pneumonia and recurrent inflammatory airway disorder (“heaves”).  Upper airway endoscopy allows the visualization of the horse’s nasal passages, pharynx and larynx (throat), upper trachea and guttural pouches.

The endoscope camera relays live images to a handheld iPad for easy visualization by veterinarian and horse owner alike.  These images and videos are maintained in the horse’s electronic medical records and can be instantly shared with veterinary referral hospitals prior to surgical appointments.