Role of Endoscopic Ultrasound in Pancreatic Pseudocyst – Agrawal Gastrocare Center Indore
What is Pancreatic Pseudocyst
A pancreatic pseudocyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops in the pancreas. It is typically caused by inflammation or injury to the pancreas, which can lead to a collection of fluid in the surrounding tissue.
The fluid may then form a cyst or pseudocyst. Pancreatic pseudocysts may not cause any symptoms, but in some cases, they can cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and a feeling of fullness.
Diagnosis is usually done through imaging tests such as an ultrasound or CT scan, and sometimes a biopsy may be required to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment options may vary depending on the size and severity of the pseudocyst.
In some cases, small pseudocysts may resolve on their own without any treatment. For larger pseudocysts or those that cause symptoms, treatment may include drainage of the fluid using a needle or endoscope, or surgery to remove the pseudocyst altogether.
Role of Endoscopic Ultrasound in Pancreatic Pseudocyst
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a procedure that uses an ultrasound probe that is passed down the throat to take detailed images of the pancreas and surrounding areas. EUS can play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic pseudocysts.
It is a minimally invasive procedure that can provide detailed images of the pseudocyst, which can help in the diagnosis of the condition.
EUS can also be used to guide the drainage of the fluid in the pseudocyst. This is done by inserting a needle into the pseudocyst under the guidance of the ultrasound, allowing the fluid to be drained out. This can relieve symptoms and prevent complications such as infection.
In addition to drainage, EUS can also be used to deliver medication directly into the pseudocyst, which can help dissolve the cyst and prevent it from coming back. Overall, EUS is a useful tool for the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic pseudocysts, as it is minimally invasive and provides detailed images that can guide treatment.