This animation describes Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration (EUS-FNA), an endoscopic procedure used to obtain detailed images of the digestive tract, including the pancreas and surrounding abdominal organs and tissue samples for analysis. This procedure helps your doctor to diagnose, stage, or even rule out the presence of pancreatic disease or cancer, to determine the best course of treatment.
Expert physicians describe Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration (EUS-FNA), which is a specialized gastrointestinal endoscopic procedure that uses ultrasound imaging of the digestive tract (including the pancreas and surrounding abdominal structures) and biopsy via fine-needle aspiration to allow your doctor to sample areas of interest for analysis. Patients may be referred for an EUS for several reasons that include: evaluation of pancreatic lesions or tumors; further evaluation of cystic lesions of the pancreas; and in patients with suspected, or established, chronic pancreatitis.
Physicians discuss the indications for EUS-FNA, namely investigating abnormal findings from prior exams and tests, evaluating masses, tumors, lesions and abnormalities of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, staging of cancers, and more. The findings from the EUS-FNA test are helpful to surgeons and oncologists, to assess and determine what the next step of treatment will be for the patient.
Pancreatic disease specialists discuss how patients should prepare for an EUS-FNA procedure and what to expect. Patients should not eat or drink for 8 hours before the procedure. Certain medications may be restricted so it is important to tell your doctor what medications you are currently taking. Before you are discharged from the hospital, you must make arrangements with a family member or a close friend to drive you home. The experts emphasize the importance of communication between the patient and the surgeon, so that the patient has a clear understanding of what is to be expected before, during and after the procedure.
In this video, pancreatic disease specialists discuss the follow-up care that is required following an EUS-FNA procedure. Before being discharged home, patients will have an opportunity to meet with the physician to discuss the results of the procedure, and receive further instructions regarding medications and additional follow-up. A definitive diagnosis can take up to a week, or can be sooner depending on the circumstances. The experts also talk about some of the potential problems to look out for after an EUS-FNA, as well as the importance of calling your doctor if any troublesome complications arise.
In this video, pancreatic disease specialists discuss the benefits and rare risks associated with EUS-FNA. The main benefit of EUS-FNA is that it is a relatively non-invasive procedure that provides a large amount of information and a specific diagnosis that has high sensitivity and high specificity. Patients and physicians should discuss the benefits and risks prior to the EUS-FNA procedure and determine what will benefit the patient the most.
This slide show describes Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration (EUS-FNA), an endoscopic procedure used to obtain detailed images of the digestive tract, including the pancreas and surrounding abdominal organs and tissue samples for analysis. This procedure helps your doctor to diagnose, stage, or even rule out the presence of pancreatic disease or cancer, to determine the best course of treatment.
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The National Pancreas Foundation and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.
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