Complications of endoscopic ultrasonography

C. Fabbri, C. Luigiano, V. Cennamo, F. Ferrara, R. Pellicano, A. M. Polifemo, I. Tarantino, L. Barresi, C. Morace, P. Consolo, N. D'Imperio

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Since its development in the 1980s, endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) has undergone a great deal of technological modifications. EUS has become an important tool in the evaluation of patients with various clinical disorders and is increasingly being utilized in many centers. EUS has been evolving over the years; EUS-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) for cytological and/or histological diagnosis has become standard practice and a wide array of interventional and therapeutic procedures are performed under EUS guidance for diseases which otherwise would have needed surgery, with its associated morbidities. EUS shares the risks and complications of other endoscopic procedures. This article addresses the specific adverse effects and risks associated with EUS, EUS-FNA and interventional EUS, namely perforation, bleeding, pancreatitis and infection. Measures to help minimizing these risks will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-166
Number of pages8
JournalMinerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Endosonography
  • Hemorrage
  • Infection
  • Pancreatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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