7 Endoscopic Ultrasonography Quality Indicators

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Here are seven proposed quality indicators for endoscopic ultrasonography, according to an article published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

•    Proper indication
•    Proper consent
•    Prophylactic antibiotics
•    Visualization of structures
      o    Visualization of the entire pancreas in EUS for evaluation of suspected pancreatic disease
      o    Visualization of the celiac axis in EUS for non-obstructing esophageal cancer
•    Description of abnormalities
      o    Stage gastrointestinal cancers with TNM staging system
      o    Document pancreatic mass measurements
      o    Document wall layers involved by subepithelial masses
•    Perform FNA when celiac axis lymph nodes are seen during EUS staging of a thoracic esophageal cancer
•    Monitor incidence of pancreatitis after EUS-FNA of the pancreas

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