What is Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)?
Endoscopic ultrasound are imaging devices that are hidden behind the walls of organs such as stomach, intestines, esophagus, gall bladder, pancreas that make up the digestive system, and can easily detect the nature and stage of masses and lesions that may be of vital importance.
It is a technique used in both diagnosis and treatment functions using the normal endoscopic method.
What are the advantages of Endoscopic Ultrasound over normal ultrasound?
While ultrasound is an imaging technique applied over the skin, endoscopic ultrasound reaches the target area directly and provides the image reflected on the monitor directly from the case in question.
Imaging and diagnosis are also performed in normal ultrasound, but with endoscopic ultrasound, it is possible to detect any tumor or mass in the digestive system and to have more detailed information about the disease. Endoscopic ultrasound provides more accurate data than normal ultrasound to obtain information about the quality of the mass and the treatment to be applied.
In cases where biopsy is required, it increases the comfort of the patient by reducing the surgical burden and makes the procedure simpler.
Which diseases is Endoscopic Ultrasound used in diagnosis?
To see pancreatic cancer and cystic, solid nodules in the pancreas
In the evaluation of esophagus, stomach, gall bladder and intestine surfaces
To visualize the formation of stones and mud in the gallbladder
In the diagnosis of bowel cancer, intestinal tuberculosis, intestinal lymphoma
It is used to take biopsy from intraabdominal lymph nodes and to detect many diseases that occur in similar digestive system organs.
How is the Endoscopic Ultrasound procedure applied?
This procedure is usually done by applying sedation and using the standard endoscopic route. During this simple imaging technique, which is performed by attaching tapes called “electrodes” to the patient’s body in order to monitor the pulse, blood and blood pressure values, the doctor monitors the organ in question on one monitor and the ultrasonography images on another screen.
How long does the Endoscopic Ultrasound procedure take?
Endoscopic Ultrasound is completed within an average of 30 minutes. However, this period may vary depending on the case.
What is done before Endoscopic Ultrasound?
Blood thinners used in endoscopic ultrasonography procedures should be discontinued at least 5-7 days before the doctor’s control, and the patient should have fasted for a minimum of 6 hours on the day of the procedure.
Are there risks to this method?
Although rare, there may be small bleeding at the point where the procedure takes place. When the procedure is over, vomiting, nausea and skin rashes may rarely be seen.
Do I need to be hospitalized after this procedure?
After the procedure, patients are observed for 1-2 hours for observation. There is no admission.
What should be considered after endoscopic ultrasound?
According to the procedure, burning and stinging sensation may occur in the patient’s throat for 1-2, so gargle with salt water should be done during the day and watery and light foods recommended by the doctor should be consumed after the procedure.