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What is an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)?
Why have an EUS?
- diagnose tumours of the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreas and bile ducts.
- diagnose some tumours of the lung.
- diagnoses diseases of internal organs including:
- pancreatitis or cysts of the pancreas.
- detect bile duct stones, including gall stones.
- assess abnormalities of the walls (inside and outside) of the gut.
What are the risks?
Complications are rare!
- If a fine needle aspirate (FNA) biopsy is performed, less than 1 in 100 people will get an infection. This risk is mainly for those who have cysts biopsied or drained. The risk is reduced with the administration of antibiotics.
- Bleeding occurs in less than 1 in 200 people. This usually will settle spontaneously or can be stopped at the time of the procedure. Rarely people require further intervention, such as a specialised x-ray procedure or surgery.
- Less than 1 in 200 people will experience pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas which causes it to become swollen and painful. Most pancreatitis will settle within 48 hours and may require a short stay in the hospital for observation. Rarely, it may be more severe requiring a longer hospital stay and potentially an intensive care admission or surgery.
- Less than 1 in 1000 people will accidentally get a hole (perforation) to the bowel. If this was to occur, this may be repaired with small clips during the procedure, or may require an operation to repair the hole.
- Missed growths in and around the gastrointestinal tract may occur.
What are you responsible for?
You are less at risk of problems if you do the following:
- Follow the preparation instructions carefully.
- Bring a list of all prescribed, over the counter and herbal medication you take.
- Bring any relevant x-rays.
- Do not drink any alcohol and/or take recreational drugs 24 hours before the procedure.
- Please ensure you make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the procedure. It is not safe to drive until the following day after having sedation or an anaesthetic.
What happens after the EUS?
Do NOT drive any type of vehicle or operate machinery until the next day.
Do NOT drink alcohol and/or take other recreational drugs. They may react with the sedation drugs.
Do NOT make important decisions or sign a legal document for the first 24 hours.
Have an adult with you on the first night after your procedure.
Notify Dr Walker’s rooms on 5574 6133 during working hours or the hospital Emergency Department straight away if you have:
• severe ongoing abdominal pain.
• black tarry motions or bleeding from the back passage.
• a fever.
• sharp chest or throat pain
What if I don’t have the procedure?
Are there other tests I can have instead?
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Gold Coast Private Hospital
Suite 8, Ground Floor
14 Hill Street, Southport QLD 4215
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