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World J Gastrointest Endosc. Jun 16, 2010; 2(6): 210-211
Published online Jun 16, 2010. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v2.i6.210
Endoscopic ultrasonography-guided common bile duct stone removal
Everson LA Artifon, Decio S Couto Jr, Silvia Goñi
Everson LA Artifon, Decio S Couto Jr, Pancreatic and Biliary Unit, Ana Costa Hospital, São Paulo 11075-400, Brazil
Silvia Goñi, Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona 31008, Spain
Author contributions: Artifon ELA contributed to draft, critical revision and final approval of the article; Couto DS made a critical revision; and Goñi S participated in drafting the article.
Correspondence to: Everson LA Artifon, MD, PhD, FASGE, Associate Professor of Medicine, Pancreatic and Biliary Unit, Ana Costa Hospital, R. Pedro Américo, 60 - Encruzilhada, Santos, São Paulo 11075-400, Brazil.
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Received: January 18, 2010
Revised: May 25, 2010
Accepted: June 1, 2010
Published online: June 16, 2010

Endoscopic ultrasonography has become an important diagnostic and therapeutic tool in endoscopy units. It has a great impact on biliary and pancreatic disease management and its application to retrograde cholangiopancreatography is appealing, although very challenging with current devices. In this article we describe our initial experience with this technique.

Keywords: Endosonography, Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, Choledocholithiasis, Therapeutics, Biliary tract diseases