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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 218-224

Utility of endoscopic ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of esophagogastric varices


1 Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang 330006, China
2 Department of Pharmacy, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang 330006, China

Correspondence Address:
Xuan Zhu
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, 17, Yongwai Zheng Street, Nanchang 330006
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2303-9027.187840

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Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) has significantly improved our understanding of the complex vascular structural changes in patients with portal hypertension. At present, EUS is a useful diagnostic tool for the evaluation of esophagogastric varices (EGVs) and guidance of endoscopic therapy. Several studies have employed this new technique for the diagnosis and management of esophageal and gastric varices, respectively. In the present review, we have summarized the current status of EUS for the diagnosis and management of EGVs and clarified the clinical feasibility of this procedure. New indications for EUS can be developed in the future after adequate validation.


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