A minimally invasive procedure to assess digestive or gastrointestinal and lung diseases is called endoscopic ultrasound or EUS.
This procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the lining and walls of your chest and digestive tract, nearby organs such as the liver, lymph nodes and pancreas.
EUS allows your doctor to biopsy fluid and tissue from your chest or abdomen for analysis when combined with a procedure called fine-needle aspiration and this can be minimally invasive alternative to exploratory surgery.
This procedure can also be used in treatments such as draining pseudocysts.
Here you can find out what to expect from your endoscopic ultrasound.
Your doctor will use an endoscope that will pass through your mouth and through your digestive tract.
A transducer which is a small ultrasound device will be used to produce sound waves that create a precise image of the surrounding tissues including your lymph nodes in the chest.
If you have a fine-needle aspiration with EUS, your doctor will pass a second curved device into your digestive tract and this will guide a very slender needle to your lymph nodes and tumors or other abnormalities.
This needle will extract tissue and fluid for analysis and this can last up to one hour.
6 Procedure Results
Understanding the results of your endoscopic ultrasound will be made possible by your doctor.
A gastroenterologist who specializes in digestive diseases and a pulmonologist who specializes in lung diseases with special training in EUS will interpret the EUS images.
A pathologist who is trained in analyzing biopsies will then report the test results if you have a fine-needle aspiration.
Your doctor will also discuss the results and findings and the next steps that you need to do.
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