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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 71-81

Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration: How to obtain a core biopsy?


1 Gastroenterology Unit, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, S.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2 Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Catholic University, Rome, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Alberto Larghi
Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Catholic University, Rome
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2303-9027.123011

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Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided fine needle aspiration has emerged as the procedure of choice to obtain samples to reach a definitive diagnosis of lesions of the gastrointestinal tract and of adjacent organs. The obtainment of a tissue core biopsy presents several advantages that can substantially contribute to the widespread diffusion of EUS utilization in the community and in countries where cytology expertise may be difficult to be achieved. This article will review the EUS-guided fine needle biopsy techniques developed so far, the clinical results, their limitations as well as their future perspective.


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