Pancreatic cancer has a very high mortality rate and is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. Earlier stage diagnosis may help improve survival. However, pancreatic lesions may be difficult to detect in the setting of acute and/or chronic pancreatitis. Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) is an important tool in the diagnostic evaluation of pancreatitis both in the acute and chronic setting. In addition, EUS is an invaluable tool in the detection of occult pancreatic malignancy that can be missed on cross sectional imaging (CT/MRI) as a potential etiology of idiopathic acute or chronic pancreatitis. However, studies evaluating the role of EUS in this setting are limited. .
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