Randomized trial comparing fork-tip and side-fenestrated needles for EUS-guided fine-needle biopsy of solid pancreatic lesions

Post written by Stefano Francesco Crinò, MD, from the Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy Unit, The Pancreas Institute, Department of Medicine, G.B. Rossi University Hospital, Verona, Italy. Different needles for EUS-guided fine-needle biopsy (EUS-FNB) are currently available. Side-fenestrated and end-cutting types are both widespread and available in different calibers. This is the first randomized study directly …

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EUS-guided transrectal drainage of pelvic fluid collections using electrocautery-enhanced lumen-apposing metal stents

Post written by Andrea Lisotti, MD, from the Gastroenterology Unit, Hospital of Imola, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. Pelvic fluid collections (PFCs) are frequent adverse events of abdominal surgery or inflammatory conditions. Percutaneous approach for deep PFC could be challenging and could result in longer and painful recovery; trans-vaginal …

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EUS-guided rendezvous with a steerable access needle in choledocholithiasis

Post written by Sundeep Lakhtakia, MD, DM, from the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, AIG Hosiptals, Telangana, India. A patient with past cholecystectomy presented with symptomatic CBD stones. He had unsuccessful ERCPs due to duodenal deformity and non-visualized papilla located within a large duodenal diverticulum. This video case has 2 interesting segments. In first part, EUS …

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Efficacy of EUS-guided celiac plexus neurolysis compared with medication alone for unresectable pancreatic cancer in the oxycodone/fentanyl era

Post written by Yoshihide Kanno, MD, from the Department of Gastroenterology, Sendai City Medical Center, Miyagi, Japan. The focus of our study was to evaluate the value of routine performance of EUS-guided celiac plexus neurolysis (EUS-CPN) at an early cancer-pain stage. EUS-CPN has been reported to be effective for patients with upper abdominal pain due …

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Gastric overtube use to prevent duodenoscope loop formation during EUS-directed transgastric ERCP procedure

Post written by Shelini Sooklal, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. This video case demonstrates the technique of using a disposable gastric overtube device to aid passage of the duodenoscope through a previously placed lumen apposing metal stent (LAMS), from the roux limb to the remnant …

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Diagnostic yield of EUS-guided through-the-needle biopsy in pancreatic cysts

Post written by Antonio Facciorusso, MD, from the Gastroenterology Unit, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy. The low sensitivity, reported to be as high as 54% in differentiating mucinous from non-mucinous pancreatic cystic lesions (PCLs), represents a major drawback of standard endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) fine-needle aspiration (FNA). Recently, a through-the-needle microforceps biopsy (TTNB) device that can …

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Repeat EUS-FNA of pancreatic masses after nondiagnostic or inconclusive results

Post written by Andrea Lisotti, MD, from the Gastroenterology Unit, Hospital of Imola, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) has a pivotal role in the management of pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal neoplasms with a 5-year survival that has not significantly increased over the last …

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Comparison of smear cytology and liquid-based cytology in EUS-guided FNA of pancreatic lesions

Post written by Kai-xuan Wang, MD, PhD, from the Department of Gastroenterology, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China. The objective of this article was to compare the diagnostic efficacy of liquid-based cytology (LBC) and smear cytology (SC) in diagnosing solid pancreatic lesions. The diagnostic efficacy of SC and LBC for cytological samples obtained …

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Comparison of liquid-based cytology with conventional smear cytology for EUS-guided FNA of solid pancreatic masses

          Post written by Sang Hyub Lee, MD, PhD, and Haeryoung Kim, MD, PhD, from the Department of Internal Medicine and Liver Research Institute, and the Department of Pathology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic …

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EUS-guided gastroenteric anastomosis as a bridge to definitive treatment in benign gastric outlet obstruction

Post written by Theodore W. James, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. We evaluated the use of EUS-guided gastroenteric anastomoses for patients with benign gastric outlet obstruction (GOO). We wanted to see if patients were able to successfully avoid surgery using this method. We …

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