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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-16

Training in endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration


Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, St-Luc Hospital, Quebec H2X 3J4, Canada

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Sarto C Paquin
Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, St-Luc Hospital, Quebec H2X 3J4
Canada
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2303-9027.127123

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Like any other technique, fine needle aspiration (FNA) proficiency requires adequate experience. Although this technique is not difficult to master, formal training will allow endosonographers to achieve better results. The following article is derived in two parts: (1) To review current knowledge on endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-FNA training, discuss the current recommendations on training guidelines, explore other training adjuncts and review the latest studies evaluating the validity of current recommendations; and (2) to provide some basic grounds on the EUS-FNA technique. EUS-FNA can be broken down into a series of steps. Proper execution of each step will make FNA easier and likely increase its diagnostic yield. Adequate positioning of the lesion in regards to the ultrasound probe is a key factor to obtain best results. The following will discuss useful tips in order to achieve maximal success rates.


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