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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 16

of 'Endoscopic ultrasound-guided trucut biopsy'

Laparoscopic four-way ultrasound probe with histologic biopsy facility using a flexible tru-cut needle.
Durup Scheel-Hincke J, Mortensen MB, Pless T, Hovendal CP
Surg Endosc. 2000;14(9):867.
Laparoscopic ultrasound (LUS) is widely used in the staging of upper gastrointestinal malignancies. However, accurate N-staging and pathological confirmation of metastases have proved difficult. A new four-way laparoscopic ultrasound probe has been developed. The probe has a biopsy attachment with a needle guide for a flexible tru-cut needle or an aspiration needle. It is now possible to take real-time laparoscopic ultrasound guided biopsies. Furthermore, there is a possibility for interventionel LUS with tumor destruction, celiac plexus neurolysis, and cyst aspiration. In this short technical note, the equipment and the technique are described.
Department of Gastroenterolgy, A. Odense University Hospital, Sdr. Boulevard 29 5000, Odense, Denmark.