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Expanding the horizons of endoscopic ultrasound: diagnosis of non-digestive pathologies.

Authors
  • Mavrogenis, Georgios
  • Hassaini, Hocine
  • Sibille, Alain
  • Feloni, Sofia
  • Deprez, Pierre H
  • Gillain, Cédric
  • Warzée, Philippe
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gastroenterology report
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2014
Volume
2
Issue
1
Pages
63–69
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/gastro/got033
PMID: 24760239
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is mainly used for the evaluation and sampling of mediastinal and abdominal lymph nodes, luminal and submucosal lesions of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, as well as in the diagnostic approach for pancreatic, biliary and liver disease. However, several non-digestive pathologies may be encountered as well, expanding the diagnostic potential of EUS. In this article, we present nine examples of extra-digestive abnormalities detected by means of EUS, including pathologies of the thyroid gland, mediastinal and abdominal vessels, lungs, kidney and the urinary bladder. The purpose of this article is to review the capabilities of EUS beyond routine evaluation of gastrointestinal organs.

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