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If you have undiagnosed pain or discomfort or a suspected growth that needs to be confirmed in your abdomen, your gastroenterologist may recommend an upper endoscopic ultrasound. This procedure is done to help determine the source of the pain and to take biopsies, if needed, through fine-needle aspiration.
Under sedation, the gastroenterologist inserts a special endoscope (a thin flexible lighted tube with a camera on the tip) into the patient’s mouth. This is done to inspect the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. The endoscope has an ultrasound wand on the tip that emits sound waves to create images. As the endoscope moves down the esophagus and into the abdomen, high-quality images are transmitted onto a screen. By moving this sensitive wand inside the body instead of outside of the body as done in traditional ultrasound, the physician gets a very clear view of the internal organs.
If growths are noted, biopsies may be taken using fine-needle aspiration. This procedure, which offers quick recovery and minimal discomfort, is an alternative to exploratory surgery. If a cyst is found, this procedure can also be used to help drain fluid or aspirate cysts in the abdomen.
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If you or someone you care for is experiencing worrisome symptoms, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists or colorectal surgeons.
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