Otoscopy In Small Animal Practice

Ny City, NY (PressExposure) July 07, 2011 -- Otoscopy is the medical procedure of viewing the inside of the ear lining with the help of an instrument called otoscope or auriscope. But one might not know that this same procedure also takes place in animals, also known as veterinary otoscopy. Docturs.com/dd offers information on otoscopy and a detailed explanation of the procedure.

The otoscopy procedure basically includes visual examination of the ear canal by inserting the otoscope in the ear. This procedure is also carried out in animals by veterinarians. The endoscopic examination most frequently carried out on small animals is the inspection of the acoustic meatus, called otoscopy. This method is easily accessible and is seen seldom in cats but the disease of the acoustic meatus is seen mostly in dogs.

Not only the diagnosis but the treatment can also be done, like the removal of foreign bodies or therapeutic measures such as irrigation/aspiration via the examination sheath with a 3-way stopcock adapter. In case of video-otoscopy, which is mainly prevalent today, the treatment can be checked, stored in the patient file and therefore also displayed for the animal owner when establishing a diagnosis.

Online doctors also inform about the latest technical development in the diagnosis and management of chronic ear disease in dogs and cats. There are various ear clinics available which use video-otoscopy. The technique of video-otoscopy utilizes magnified camera lens to examine in depth, the middle ear, ear drum and ear canal. Foreign objects and tumors in the ear canal, infection of middle ear or abnormalities of eardrum can also be identified easily. Video otoscopy is also valuable in enabling the veterinarians to accurately diagnose and treat chronic otitis in animals.

Acute and chronic otitis externa and otitis media are common disorders in dogs and cats. Alongwith other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, video-otoscope is also useful and effective for the management of clinical cases. Video-otoscopy provides enhanced illumination and magnification which helps to get more detailed information for diagnosis and prognosis, improves efficiency of cleaning procedures, and decreases risks of iatrogenic injury to the middle and inner ear structures. With the help of this technique, the clinical cases have photographic documentation which enhances the medical record, communication with colleagues, and client education. However, this technique also has some cons like it does not replace other important diagnostic tests such as evaluation for atopy, adverse food reactions, and immune-compromising disease. The treatment fails is the primary cause is not found, irrespective of what technique is employed.

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