WRD – Assisted Gastrointestinal Biopsies
Cats with chronic enteropathy present a difficult diagnostic challenge. The two most common differential diagnoses, chronic inflammatory enteropathy and alimentary lymphoma, can only be reliably differentiated by biopsy. Endoscopic biopsies are limited to only two segments of the intestine and obtain superficial samples limited to the intestinal lining. MISCA’s solution is the wound retraction device (WRD) which allows access to the entire intestinal tract through a 2 cm incision. The WRD allows full thickness biopsies of all three segments of the small intestinal tract in addition to samples of the stomach, lymph nodes, liver, pancreas, and colon if needed. Cats often eat the same day, and do not require overnight hospitalization.