Small-caliber endobronchial ultrasonic videoscope: successful transesophageal and transgastric FNA after failed passage of a standard ultrasonic endoscope

Kapil Gupta, James S Mallery

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Abstract

Background: EUS-guided tissue acquisition is a valuable technique. Obstructing lesions of the oropharynx or esophagus may preclude passage of a standard echoendoscope. In the past this has prevented EUS-guided tissue sampling. The recently introduced small-caliber ultrasonic bronchovideoscope (developed for endobronchial ultrasound) may allow EUS-guided FNA in this setting. Objective: Our purpose was to assess the possible use of the ultrasonic bronchovideoscope to perform upper GI EUS in patients where passage of standard EUS scope was unsuccessful. Design: A descriptive case series. Setting: A tertiary referral center. Results: Two patients were evaluated after failure of passage of a standard echoendoscope (1 with congenital narrowing of the esophageal inlet, 1 with postoperative deformity). In both cases, sonographic visualization of the lesion of concern was achieved and FNA was performed successfully. Conclusions: The ultrasonic bronchovideoscope may be a valuable tool to perform FNA of mediastinal and GI lesions in situations when a standard ultrasonic endoscope cannot be passed because of luminal narrowing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)574-577
Number of pages4
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Volume66
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

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