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Gastrointest Endosc. 2011 Feb;73(2):267-74. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2010.10.029.

EUS visualization and direct celiac ganglia neurolysis predicts better pain relief in patients with pancreatic malignancy (with video).

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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL 33136, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

EUS-guided celiac plexus neurolysis (EUS-CPN) improves pain control in patients with pancreatic cancer. EUS allows visualization of the celiac ganglion.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine predictors of response to EUS-CPN in a cohort of 64 patients with pancreatic malignancy.

DESIGN:

Retrospective analysis of prospective database.

SETTING:

Academic medical center.

PATIENTS:

Sixty-four patients with pancreatic cancer referred for EUS between March 2008 and January 2010.

INTERVENTIONS:

EUS-CPN injected directly into celiac ganglia when visible by linear EUS or bilateral injection at the celiac vascular trunk.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS:

Predictors of pain improvement at week 1 by univariate and multivariate analysis.

RESULTS:

At week 1, 32 patients (50%) had a symptomatic response. In a multivariate model with 8 potential predictors, visualization of the ganglia was the best predictor of response; patients with visible ganglia were >15 times more likely to respond (odds ratio 15.7; P<.001). Tumors located outside the head of the pancreas and patients with a higher baseline pain level were weakly associated with a good response.

LIMITATIONS:

Retrospective design and lack of blinding.

CONCLUSIONS:

Visualization of celiac ganglia with direct injection is the best predictor of response to EUS-CPN in patients with pancreatic malignancy.

PMID:
21295640
DOI:
10.1016/j.gie.2010.10.029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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