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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 176-190

Endoscopic ultrasound: Elastographic lymph node evaluation

1 Department of Medicine, Caritas-Krankenhaus, Uhlandstr, Bad Mergentheim, Germany
2 Department of Medicine, Krankenhaus Maerkisch-Oderland, Proetzeler Chaussee, Strausberg, Germany
3 GI Endoscopy Unit, Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Division, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Vita Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy
4 Department of Medicine, Caritas-Krankenhaus, Uhlandstr, Bad Mergentheim, Germany; Sino-German Research Center of Ultrasound in Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, China
5 Department of Digestive Oncoloy and Endoscopy, Paoli-Calmettes Institute, Marseille, France
6 Department of Internal Medicine II, Hospital Meiningen, Germany
7 Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
8 Department of Gastroenterology, Research Center of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of Craiova, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova, Craiova, Romania; Department of Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital, Herlev, Denmark
9 Endoscopy Center, Shengjing Hospital, China Medical University, Shenyang, China
10 Department of Medicine, Caritas-Krankenhaus, Uhlandstr, Bad Mergentheim, Germany; Department of Medical Imaging, Clinic of Cevennes, Annonay, France

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Christoph F Dietrich
Department of Medicine, Caritas-Krankenhaus, Uhlandstr, Bad Mergentheim
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2303-9027.162995

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Different imaging techniques can bring different information which will contribute to the final diagnosis and further management of the patients. Even from the time of Hippocrates, palpation has been used in order to detect and characterize a body mass. The so-called virtual palpation has now become a reality due to elastography, which is a recently developed technique. Elastography has already been proving its added value as a complementary imaging method, helpful to better characterize and differentiate between benign and malignant masses. The current applications of elastography in lymph nodes (LNs) assessment by endoscopic ultrasonography will be further discussed in this paper, with a review of the literature and future perspectives.

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