Gastroenterologist, Melissa Martinez, MD, has recently returned from Canada where she completed Upper Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS) training.
EUS is a procedure that uses an endoscope that has an attached ultrasound probe in the tip; this allows the physician to examine the wall of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum, as well as other areas that are near these structures, including the mediastinum, lymph nodes, liver, gallbladder, adrenal glands and pancreas.
EUS is used to diagnose certain conditions that may cause abdominal pain, abnormal weight loss, recurrent pancreatitis, especially when other imaging modalities have been negative. EUS can be very useful in the diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis, gallbladder sludge, bile duct stones, staging or follow up of tumors of the pancreas, diagnosis of lumps or bumps in the walls of the gastrointestinal tract. EUS can also be used to treat chronic pain in patients with chronic pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer.