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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 731049, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/731049
Review Article

Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Therapies in Pancreatic Neoplasms

Division of Gastroenterology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY 10029, USA

Received 29 August 2014; Revised 22 December 2014; Accepted 25 December 2014

Academic Editor: Tadayuki Oshima

Copyright © 2015 Dennis Yang and Christopher J. DiMaio. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) has evolved from being primarily a diagnostic modality into an interventional endoscopic tool for the management of both benign and malignant gastrointestinal illnesses. EUS-guided therapy has garnered particular interest as a minimally invasive approach for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, a disease often complicated by its aggressive course and poor survival. The potential advantage of an EUS-guided approach revolves around real-time imaging for targeted therapy of a difficult to reach organ. In this review, we focus on EUS-guided therapies for pancreatic neoplasms.