If you suffer from pain within the chest or abdomen, our gastroenterologists may recommend an endoscopic ultrasound. Also known as an EUS, this procedure examines the lining and walls of the chest, nearby organs and the digestive tract.
What can the EUS do?
An EUS examination can help find the cause of certain conditions and symptoms. These commonly include:
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Neuroendocrine tumors
- Bile duct stones
- Pancreatic cysts and pancreatitis
- Cancer within gastronomic organs or the lungs
With each examination, the EUS can determine the extent and spread of these conditions, as well as clarify findings from other MRI or CT examinations.
What happens at an EUS appointment?
Before the appointment, Dr. Michael Flicker, Dr. Carl Atallah and Dr. Daniel Berger will ask you to prepare for your visit. This may include fasting for six or more hours before the appointment, planning a ride home after sedation and stopping certain blood thinners or other medications. If the examination also includes examining the digestive tract, patients may be asked to take a laxative or enema or follow a liquid diet.
The patient will be sedated and then an endoscope, a narrow tube with a camera, will be threaded through the mouth and then through the digestive tract. A small transducer will give off sound waves as it passes through, creating an image of the surrounding organs and tissue. This imaging will often be combined with a fine-needle aspiration procedure, allowing the gastroenterologists to take a small tissue sample for a biopsy.
After your appointment, if you experience severe abdominal pain, chest pain, shortness of breath or fever, or if you pass black stool, call our office or visit the emergency room immediately.
Schedule an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and reach out to Advanced G.I. LLC at 773-598-5588 today.