Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) with Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) is an outpatient test used to examine the lining and walls of the upper gastrointestinal tract. With the ability to obtain a tissue diagnosis, EUS with FNA has revolutionized the ability to diagnose and stage cancers of the gastrointestinal tract and assess the pancreas. In fact, there are only a few physicians throughout the United States trained to perform this test. Digestive Care Center is pleased to offer this procedure to the Evansville, Indiana region.
Why would I need EUS with FNA?
Your doctor may use this procedure as a way to find the cause of abdominal pain or abnormal weight loss, as well as confirmation of specific illnesses, including cancer of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and other internal organs including the gall bladder, pancreas and bile ducts. During the procedure, tissue samples can be collected to help our physicians assess the depth or spread of any cancer.
What will happen during my procedure?
This procedure usually takes 2-3 hours. You will be sedated, and a long, thin tube — called an endoscope — is passed through your mouth and down into your esophagus, stomach and duodenum (part of your small intestine). The endoscope creates visual images of your digestive tract. Other instruments may be used to collect tissue samples.