Endoscopic ultrasound in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors

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Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is an advanced endoscopic technique currently used in the staging and diagnosis of many gastrointestinal neoplasms. The proximity of the echoendoscope to the gastrointestinal tract lends itself to a detailed view of the luminal pathology and the pancreas. This unique ability enables endoscopists to use EUS in patients with gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs). Diagnostic EUS allows previously unidentified NETs to be localized. EUS also determines tumor management by staging the GEP-NETS, enabling the clinicians to choose the appropriate endoscopic or surgical management. The ability to obtain a tissue diagnosis with EUS guidance enables disease confirmation. Finally, recent developments suggest that EUS may be used to deliver therapeutic agents for the treatment of NETs. This review will highlight the advances in our knowledge of EUS in the clinical management of these tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-410
Number of pages6
JournalGut and Liver
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • Carcinoid
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Neuroendocrine tumor
  • Pancreas
  • Stomach


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