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Interventional endoscopic ultrasonography is hitting its stride


 

REPORTING FROM 2019 AGA TECH SUMMIT

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SAN FRANCISCO – Interventional endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) recently has brought transluminal stent placement to problems like walled off pancreatic necroses, Joo Ha Hwang, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at Stanford (Calif.) University, said in an interview at the AGA Tech Summit, sponsored by the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology. He sees EUS taking over surgical territory beyond the usual biopsies in the gastrointestinal and biliary tracts and soon moving into tumor treatment in these areas. The field is “rapidly expanding,” he said, and the value of these minimally invasive procedures means that the field will soon need to train more interventional endoscopists.

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