Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of a flexible fiber-optic camera. At Carolina Equine Hospital endoscopy is used to visualize the upper airway, trachea, guttural pouches, esophagus, urethra and urinary bladder in horses. Upper airway endoscopy is used to diagnose roaring and a variety of other laryngeal problems that may contribute to performance problems in equine athletes.
We also use this technology routinely in the diagnosis of horses that are carriers of strangles infection and have recently diagnosed horses with life-threatening guttural pouch fungal infections. Referrals from other practices for upper airway endoscopy are accepted.