Research offers alternative method of pancreatic biopsy

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Washington, Jan 16 (ANI): A new research has offered an alternative method of pancreatic biopsy.

Endoscopic ultrasound-guided biopsy of pancreatic masses has been proved to be a safe and effective method.

However, if the hospital has no such facilities or patients are unwilling or intolerant of the procedure, computed tomography (CT)-guided biopsy is an alternative method.

A research team from Taiwan reviewed 34 CT-guided biopsies in patients with pancreas mass, of whom 24 had a direct path to the mass without passing through a major organ.

Their results showed tumor tissues were obtained in nine pancreatic biopsies, and histologic specimens for diagnosis were obtained in all cases.

An immediate imaging study and clinical follow-up detected neither hemorrhage nor peritonitis. No delayed procedure-related complication was seen during the survival period of all patients.

They drew a conclusion that it is feasible to perform transgastric biopsy of a pancreatic lesion using a large needle.

The research has been published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. (ANI)

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