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Upper Airway Endoscopy

An endoscope is a long flexible tube that allows us to look into the airway of your horse. It is introduced through a nostril and advanced through the nasal cavity to reach the throat region, then it is extended to look down the trachea or windpipe of the horse.

This can be useful to diagnose throat dysfunction in any performance horses.

Signs that may be explored with upper airway endoscopy include: roaring (making a snoring noise during work), coughing, recurrent choke, poor performance, chronic nasal discharge, head shaking, bloody nasal discharge, or suspected bleeding in the lungs. Upper airway endoscopy is well tolerated by most horses with only standing restraint.