Published online Jan 25, 2016. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v8.i2.67
Peer-review started: July 7, 2015
First decision: August 5, 2015
Revised: October 30, 2015
Accepted: November 17, 2015
Article in press: November 25, 2015
Published online: January 25, 2016
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) has become an important component in the diagnosis and treatment of carcinoma pancreas. With the advent of advanced imaging techniques and tissue acquisition methods the role of EUS is becoming increasingly important. Small pancreatic tumors can be reliably diagnosed with EUS. EUS guided fine needle aspiration establishes diagnosis in some cases. EUS plays an important role in staging of carcinoma pancreas and in some important therapeutic methods that include celiac plexus neurolysis, EUS guided biliary drainage and drug delivery. In this review we attempt to review the role of EUS in diagnosis and management of carcinoma pancreas.
Core tip: Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is becoming increasingly important in the diagnosis and management of carcinoma pancreas. It helps in identification of small tumors, histological diagnosis by fine needle aspiration, staging of the disease and its treatment. Palliation of pain with celiac plexus neurolysis and palliation of jaundice by biliary drainage can be achieved with EUS guided techniques. In this review we attempt to review the role of EUS in different aspects of diagnosis and treatment of carcinoma pancreas.