Background and Aims
Abbreviations:FNB (Fine needle biopsy), FNA (Fine needle aspiration), EUS (endoscopic ultrasound), RR (risk ratio), CI (confidence interval), TA (tissue acquisition), RCT (randomized controlled trials), PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses), GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation)
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Specific author contributions: Antonio Facciorusso designed the study and performed the statistical analysis; Deepak Madhu and Daryl Ramai retrieved the data; Stefano Francesco Crinò, Daryl Ramai, Alessandro Fugazza, Silvia Carrara, Marco Spadaccini, Benedetto Mangiavillano, Paraskevas Gkolfakis, Babu P Mohan, Cesare Hassan, Alessandro Repici reviewed and revised the manuscript. Manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors.
Conflict of interest: Alessandro Fugazza: Consultant for Boston Scientifics; Stefano Francesco Crinò: Consultant for Steris Endsocopy; Silvia Carrara: Consultant for Olympus; Benedetto Mangiavillano: Consultant for Taewoong Medical; Cesare Hassan: Consultant for MicroTech and Boston Scientifics; Alessandro Repici: Consultant for Boston Scientific and Medtronic, grant support from Fujifilm. All other authors disclosed no financial relationships.
Funding: No funding to declare regarding the current work