Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Pancreatic Duct Drainage (EUS-PD)
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) has evolved from primarily a diagnostic tool to a therapeutic one with the recent advances in endoscopic equipment and accessories. An emerging indication of EUS is therapeutic drainage of the pancreatic duct (PD). Until recently, percutaneous or surgical drainage were the primary therapeutic alternatives for patients who failed conventional endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP); however, EUS-guided pancreatic duct drainage (EUS-PD) now offers patients a minimally invasive, safe, and efficacious alternative. While the procedure continues to remain performed at highly specialized centers, further refinement and standardization of the procedure as well as improvement in technology will likely allow for adoption at other centers.
KeywordsEndoscopic ultrasound Pancreatic duct drainage Pancreatic duct intervention
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