Journal article

Prospective study of the clinical impact of EUS

AKH Chong, GR Caddy, PV Desmond, RY Chen

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2005


BACKGROUND: Studies on the clinical impact of EUS are lacking. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of EUS on the management plans by referring doctors and patient outcomes. METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing EUS between August 2002 and June 2004 were prospectively studied. Referring doctors were given a pre-EUS questionnaire that asked about provisional diagnosis and management plan. A post-EUS questionnaire was sent 6 weeks after the procedure. RESULTS: A total of 330 patients were examined, and completed questionnaires were received in 70%. EUS-guided FNA was performed in 69 (30%) patients. EUS resulted in a change in diagnosis and management in 26% and 48% of cases, resp..

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