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Gastroenterol Nurs. 1999 Sep-Oct;22(5):209-12.

Endoscopic ultrasound for chronic abdominal pain and gallbladder disease.

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Endoscopic Ultrasound of Virginia, Roanoke 24024, USA.


Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a major advance in gastrointestinal endoscopy. EUS, which is invaluable in the diagnosis and staging of gastrointestinal cancer, is now being used in the diagnosis of chronic upper abdominal pain. EUS combined with stimulated biliary drainage (EUS/SBD) aids in the diagnosis of choledocholithiasis, cholecystitis, microlithiasis, and various conditions of the upper gastrointestinal tract. This article describes the EUS/SBD procedure and nursing care. Two case histories illustrating potential benefits to patients are presented.

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