- Evidence is limited on the comparative diagnostic performance of newer end-cutting fine-needle biopsy (FNB) needles for tissue sampling of pancreatic masses. We performed a systematic review with network meta-analysis to compare the diagnostic accuracy of available FNB needles for sampling of solid pancreatic lesions.
- Electrocautery-tip lumen-apposing metal stents (EC-LAMSs) have extended the indications of therapeutic EUS. We aimed to retrospectively evaluate safety and technical and clinical success of a newly developed EC-LAMS, the Hot-Spaxus (Taewoong Medical Co, Gimpo, Korea), for various EUS-guided procedures.
- Pancreatic cystic neoplasms (PCNs) carry a considerable malignancy risk. Along with main duct dilation, the presence of enhanced mural nodules represents a significant risk factor for malignancy. Several articles assessed the role of contrast-enhanced EUS (CE-EUS) for the identification of malignant features in mural nodules. We evaluate the pooled diagnostic performance of CE-EUS for the identification of high-grade dysplasia or invasive carcinoma among mural nodules in PCNs.
- The recent development of microforceps for EUS through-the-needle biopsy (TTNB) sampling of the wall of pancreatic cystic lesions (PCLs) allows the collection of histologic specimens never handled and evaluated before by pathologists. We aimed to estimate the interobserver agreement among pathologists in evaluating such samples.
- EUS-guided through-the-needle biopsy (TTNB) sampling has been reported to improve diagnostic yield compared with cytology for the evaluation of pancreatic cystic lesions (PCLs). The number of macroscopically visible tissue samples needed to reach an adequate diagnosis is still unknown.