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Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2012 Apr;22(2):155-67, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.giec.2012.04.016.

EUS-guided FNA of solid pancreas tumors.

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Center for Interventional Endoscopy, Florida Hospital Orlando, 601 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803, USA.


Although endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) is considered superior to MRI and CT in detecting pancreatic masses, it is the ability to target and place a needle into suspicious lesions that has made EUS indispensible in the evaluation of patients with solid pancreatic tumors. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided-fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) is an accurate and safe technique to confirm the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. EUS-FNA is now the principal technique applied to obtain the diagnosis of malignancy. We have designed this article to address a number of the key technical aspects of EUS-FNA of solid pancreatic masses.

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