The echoendoscopy

What is an echoendoscopy?

It is an examination which combines ultrasound and endoscopy, that is to say that the ultrasound probe is brought, thanks to the endoscope, as close as possible to the organ to be studied: the wall of esophagus, stomach or duodenum.

In which cases is an echoendoscopy performed?

When looking for stones, cysts or a tumor in the bile ducts or pancreas. This review provides information that no other exploration is able to offer.

What should I do before the exam?

For this exam to be effective, it is necessary that the stomach is empty. They do not drink, eat or smoke for six hours before echoendoscopy.

How is this exam going?

A sedative is given before echoendoscopy It is very often performed under general anesthesia, but many doctors think that a tranquilizer should be enough. This exam - not very pleasant - is not appreciated, but it is painless. It usually lasts half an hour.
The gastroenterologist introduces the endoscope through the mouth, after placing an anesthetic gel at the bottom of the throat to facilitate swallowing. The endoscope will allow to visualize the walls of the digestive system (esophagus, stomach, duodenum).
Regarding the results, the gastroenterologist will make a comment on site and send a report to your doctor.

Are there any risks associated with this examination?

It can cause mild irritation of the digestive walls and swabs can cause small bleeding.
A complication, such as digestive perforation, is possible, but it is extremely rare.
In case of vomiting with blood and fever, it is necessary to consult without waiting a doctor.