How should patients prepare for an EUS-FNA?

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.

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Animation - Understanding EUS-FNA
1. Animation - Understanding EUS-FNA
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