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Endoscopic Ultrasound

Endoscopic ultrasound diagnostic test is a combination of endoscopy and ultrasound. It is a procedure performed for clinical assessment of the digestive tract. It produces detailed images of the compl.....

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Endoscopic ultrasound diagnostic test is a combination of endoscopy and ultrasound. It is a procedure performed for clinical assessment of the digestive tract. It produces detailed images of the complete digestive tract, chest, and other organs.

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How Is Endoscopic Ultrasound Done?
Preparation
  • Steps to take before Endoscopic Ultrasound

    Your surgeon may ask you to:

    • Not eat or drink anything before the procedure, to ensure your stomach is empty.
    • If the procedure is to be done in the rectal area, our doctors may ask you to follow liquid diet before the procedure.
    • Regarding any medication, our doctor at Medanta will give your specific instructions.

Procedure
Treatment Procedure
  • During the procedure


    The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia or sedative. You will lie on a treatment couch, to help insert the endoscope tube inside your mouth, and then you have to swallow it. The ultrasound probe on the tip of the tube will transmit pictures on a screen. You will not feel anything during the procedure. After the procedure ends, the endoscope will be pulled out.

Procedure
Post-treatment
  • After Endoscopic Ultrasound


    You will be monitored for some time after the procedure, which lasts for about 20-30 minutes. You will be allowed to go home the same day. But, you have to arrange for someone to drive you home as the sedative used might make you feel drowsy. If you feel any kind of symptoms such as stomach pain or nausea, consult with your doctor at Medanta.

Procedure
What are the benefits and risks of Endoscopic Ultrasound?

Endoscopic ultrasound is a fairly safe procedure and does not have a lot of risks associated with it. However, there are a few rare complications and limitations involved in the procedure.

Benefits

The advantages of Endoscopic Ultrasound procedure are:

  • It is minimally invasive.
  • It is painless, though some patient can feel discomfort in swallowing the tube.
  • It is a short process that lasts about 10-20 minutes.
  • It also helps in clinical assessment of tumour penetration.

Risks

The risks associated with Endoscopic Ultrasound procedure are:

  • Bleeding and infection.
  • Tearing of the wall of the intestine.
  • Pancreatitis.
  • Complications associated with the use of anaesthesia.

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