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World J Gastroenterol. Apr 28, 2015; 21(16): 4809-4816
Published online Apr 28, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i16.4809
New endoscopic ultrasound techniques for digestive tract diseases: A comprehensive review
Fan-Sheng Meng, Zhao-Hong Zhang, Feng Ji
Fan-Sheng Meng, Feng Ji, Department of Gastroenterology, the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310000, Zhejiang Province, China
Zhao-Hong Zhang, Department of Hematology, People’s Hospital of Linyi, Linyi 276300, Shandong Province, China
Author contributions: Meng FS and Zhang ZH searched the literature and wrote the manuscript; Ji F critically revised the manuscript; Meng FS and Zhang ZH contributed equally to this manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest: The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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Correspondence to: Feng Ji, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, 79 Qingchun Road, Hangzhou 310000, Zhejiang Province, China.
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Received: October 22, 2014
Peer-review started: October 27, 2014
First decision: December 11, 2014
Revised: January 14, 2015
Accepted: March 12, 2015
Article in press: March 12, 2015
Published online: April 28, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: This article primarily focuses on emerging techniques such as elastography and contrast-enhanced endoscopic ultrasound. Principles, types and clinical applications are discussed. These emerging techniques have high accuracy, sensitivity and specificity in differential diagnosis between benign and malignant lesions.