Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a diagnostic procedure that combines the use of an endoscope (a long, flexible tube with a camera on the end) and ultrasound technology to create detailed images of the digestive tract and surrounding organs. During an EUS, a thin, flexible endoscope is passed through the mouth and into the stomach and small intestine. The endoscope has an ultrasound probe at the tip, which is used to create detailed images of the digestive tract and surrounding organs. In some cases, a small sample of tissue may be taken for further analysis.
The procedure is generally well-tolerated and is usually performed on an outpatient basis. In private practice EUS is performed under propofol sedation to ensure the patient is asleep and comfortable. The procedure typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete. After the procedure, patients may experience some mild discomfort or bloating, but these symptoms usually resolve quickly and should be able to return to their normal activities the next day.
EUS is a very accurate and useful diagnostic tool. It is able to detect small lesions and can provide detailed information about the structure and function of the digestive tract and surrounding organs. It can even provide higher resolution images compared to CT and MRI. It is used to diagnose many different conditions:
- Pancreatic cancers and cysts
- Gallstones, common bile duct stones, sludge and microlithiasis.
- Submucosal gastrointestinal lesions such as GISTs and leiomyoma
- Staging of gastric or oesophageal cancer
- Biopsies of lymph nodes
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