Endoscopic Ultrasonography: A Novel Management Strategy for Pancreatic Diseases

Author(s): Zhen-Hua Zhao, Qi-Jie Zhang, Bin Song, Zhuan Liao, Xiao-Tian Sun, Zhao-Shen Li

Journal Name: Current Signal Transduction Therapy

Volume 10 , Issue 2 , 2015

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Pancreas is a retroperitoneally located organ, and thus general CT and MRI have a very limited specificity and sensitivity in diagnosing pancreatic diseases. However, endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) with a better differential diagnostic capability of detecting pancreatic morphology and properties through gastric wall has been widely accepted by physicians and become one of the first-line methods compared with other techniques. Currently, common technologies used in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic diseases include EUS-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA), EUS-guided drainage, EUS-guided pancreatic cysts ablation, EUS-assisted radiotherapy, and EUS-guided celiac plexus neurolysis (EUS-CPN), etc. Recent innovative applications include contrast-enhanced EUS with Doppler mode, contrast-enhanced harmonic EUS, and EUS elastography. The clinical application of EUS in pancreatic diseases has been overviewed.

Keywords: Diagnosis, endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), endoscopy, pancreatic diseases, therapy.

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Year: 2015
Published on: 14 September, 2015
Page: [131 - 139]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/1574362410666150615222344
Price: $65

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