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Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

  • What is an Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)?

    An endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a safe and minimally-invasive diagnostic tool used to visualise the lining and walls of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and neighbouring organs including the pancreas, liver and gallbladder. It uses a thin and flexible tube, called an endoscope, which is inserted into the mouth or the anus. EUS generates enhanced and detailed images of the digestive tract, and allows the evaluation of GI abnormalities.

  • The doctor may recommend an EUS examination to evaluate and diagnose the causes of persistent abdominal pain or abnormal weight loss. It can also be used to determine the stages of cancer, to examine gallstones or liver tumours and to study other abnormal growths in the bile duct.

    Doctors also use EUS to evaluate diseases affecting the pancreas including chronic pancreatitis, and to find the causes of bowel incontinence (loss of bowel control).

    EUS also allows the study of previously diagnosed lumps or lesions. The doctor can use the endoscope to obtain tissue samples to examine these lumps and lesions to judge their origin and choose the best treatment.

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