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Role of endoscopic ultrasound in the diagnosis of cystic lesions of the pancreas.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12120247     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is an ideal imaging technique for pancreatic cystic lesions. Ultrasound is exquisitely sensitive for detecting and characterizing cysts arising in solid organs, and when the transducer is placed on an endoscope, high resolution imaging of the pancreas is achieved. Linear EUS can also guide needle aspiration of pancreatic cystic lesions and through the use of aspiration cytology, cystic tumors of the pancreas can be diagnosed. Since cytology is a relatively insensitive test, cyst fluid tumor markers such as CEA have been employed to improve the sensitivity for the detection of malignancy. Cyst fluid CEA values are uniformly low in serous cystadenomas, higher in mucinous lesions, and markedly elevated in mucinous cystadenocarcinomas. Through the use of these techniques, the ability to detect and diagnose early malignancies of the pancreas will be greatly enhanced.
W R Brugge
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pancreatology : official journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et al.]     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1424-3903     ISO Abbreviation:  Pancreatology     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-07-17     Completed Date:  2002-08-06     Revised Date:  2006-03-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100966936     Medline TA:  Pancreatology     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  637-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Massachusetts General Hospital, GI Unit Blake 452c, Boston, MA 02114, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cystadenoma, Mucinous / ultrasonography*
Pancreatic Neoplasms / ultrasonography*
Pancreatic Pseudocyst / ultrasonography*

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