Masses solides pancréatiques: faut-il toujours ponctionner?
Solid pancreatic tumors: Is endoscopic ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) always required?
The development of ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) thoroughly modified the management of neoplastic pathology and particularly the management of pancreatic tumours. As a matter of fact, samples for histology are difficult to obtain on pancreas. The risk of tumour seeding on the pathway of the needle, during US or scanner guided biopsies largely contributed to the development of EUS FNA.
Before answering the question “is EUS-FNA always required?” it is first of all necessary to evaluate the reasons which should lead to perform EUS-FNA and the decisionmaking elements related to this technique.
Marc BARTHET, M. GASMI
fine needle aspiration under ultrasound endoscopy (EUS-FNA), pancreatic tumours