Value of echoendoscopy in gastrointestinal disease

Roche R, Durieux P
Record ID 31996008281
Authors' objectives:

To review the current knowledge concerning echoendoscopy in the context of gastrointestinal disease, to assess its validity and practical value, to determine whether it modifies medical decisions and the patient's outcome, at the request of French National Health Insurance.

Authors' results and conclusions: Echoendoscopy consists of an ultrasound transducer placed at the tip of an endoscope. Although review of the literature provided information about its technical quality, safety and validity, no study studied its direct impact on patient outcome and medical decision-making and no study specifically evaluated the infectious risks of the procedure.
Authors' recommendations: Echoendoscopy is a valid technique in intestinal cancers (esophagus, rectum, cardia, pancreas, anus-rectum), biliary disease (instead of ERCP), pancreatic disease and anal sphincter pathology, but is not indicated for peptic ulcer, portal hypertension, inflammatory colitis, esophageal motor disorders, haemorrhoids. Other output or dissemination activity: Covered by health insurers.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 1994
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: France
MeSH Terms
  • Digestive System Diseases
  • Endoscopy
  • Endosonography
  • Ultrasonography
Organisation Name: L'Agence Nationale d'Accreditation d'Evaluation en Santé
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