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Miniprobe EUS in management of pancreatic pseudocyst

Paola De Angelis, Erminia Romeo, Francesca Rea, Filippo Torroni, Tamara Caldaro, Giovanni Federici di Abriola, Francesca Foschia, Claudia Caloisi, Vincenzina Lucidi, Luigi Dall'oglio
World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2013 May 16, 5 (5): 255-60
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Pancreatic pseudocysts (PP) arise from trauma and pancreatitis; endoscopic gastro-cyst drainage (EGCD) under endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) in symptomatic PP is the treatment of choice. Miniprobe EUS (MEUS) allows EGCD in children. We report our experience on MEUS-EGCD in PP, reviewing 13 patients (12 children; male:female = 9:3; mean age: 10 years, 4 mo; one 27 years, malnourished male Belardinelli-syndrome; PP: 10 post-pancreatitis, 3 post-traumatic). All patients underwent ultrasonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Conservative treatment was the first option. MEUS EGCD was indicated for retrogastric cysts larger than 5 cm, diameter increase, symptoms or infection. EGCD (stent and/or nasogastrocystic tube) was performed after MEUS (20-MHz-miniprobe) identification of place for diathermy puncture and wire insertion. In 8 cases (61.5%), there was PP disappearance; one, surgical duodenotomy and marsupialization of retro-duodenal PP. In 4 cases (31%), there was successful MEUS-EGCD; stent removal after 3 mo. No complications and no PP relapse in 4 years of mean follow-up. MEUS EGCD represents an option for PP, allowing a safe and effective procedure.

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