Endoscopic ultrasound

the staging of cancers of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, rectum, and lung; evaluating chronic pancreatitis and other masses or cysts of the pancreas; studying bile duct abnormalities including stones in the bile duct or gallbladder, or bile duct, gallbladder, or liver tumors; studying the muscles of the lower rectum and anal canal in evaluating reasons for fecal incontinence; and studying “submucosal lesions” such as nodules or “bumps” that may be hiding in the intestinal wall covered by normal-appearing lining of the intestinal tract.

The complication rate for EUS is about 1 in 2,000. Sometimes there are reactions such as hives, skin rash or nausea to the medications used during EUS. The main serious complication is perforation (making a hole in the intestinal wall) that may require surgical repair. This is quite rare.

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