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Dis Esophagus. 1999;12(4):258-63.

Endosonographic staging of 100 consecutive patients with esophageal carcinoma: introduction of the 8-mm esophagoprobe.

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Department of Surgery, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK.


Endoscopic ultrasound of esophageal carcinoma is conventionally performed using the 13-mm fiberoptic/ultrasound echoendoscope. However, the large diameter results in an inability to negotiate the primary tumor in 25% of patients. The aim of this study was first to determine whether use of the 8-mm esophagoprobe would overcome this problem and second to evaluate the accuracy of the smaller diameter instrument. One hundred consecutive patients with esophageal cancer underwent initial gastroscopy. Based upon the degree of luminal stenosis, patients were staged with either the conventional echoendoscope (luminal diameter > or = 15 mm) or the esophagoprobe (luminal diameter < 15 mm). The primary tumor was successfully negotiated in all subjects (echoendoscope 30, esophagoprobe 70) so that T- and N-staging was accomplished in every patient. Esophageal dilatation was performed in 12 patients (12%). The procedure was well tolerated and there were no complications, in particular no patient suffered esophageal perforation. The accuracy of the esophagoprobe for T-staging was 90% (19 out of 20) and that for N-staging was 75% (15 out of 20). This was similar to the accuracy of staging with the conventional echoendoscope, 90% (9 out of 10) for T-stage and 90% (9 out of 10) for N-stage. The esophagoprobe can safely and accurately stage patients with esophageal carcinoma, including those with high-grade stenoses.

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