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Pancreatic cancer: Minimally invasive treatments and possible links to GI diseases
Date:5/3/2010

NEW ORLEANS, LA (May 3, 2010) Researchers have confirmed a suspected link between pancreatic cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, while other science shows that intra-abdominal fat serves as a predictor of survival in pancreatic cancer patients, and new technology shows promising results for improvements in complicated surgery for pancreatic pseudocysts. These are among the studies being presented at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2010. DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians and researchers in the field of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

Randomized Trial Comparing EUS and Surgery for Pancreatic Pseudocyst Drainage (Abstract #354)

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is as effective as surgery in treating pancreatic pseudocysts while also being less expensive, less invasive and less painful than surgery, according to a new study. Pancreatic pseudocysts develop in approximately 10 percent of patients with pancreatitis, a painful condition in which the pancreas is inflamed, causing abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

Pseudocysts can block the intestines or stomach preventing food from being digested, and, because of their size, they increase pressure in the abdomen, causing pain. Typically, pseudocysts are treated by surgery in which the pseudocyst is opened and attached to the stomach so that the fluid can be drained into the stomach.

EUS is a new technology that represents an alternative to surgery by using an ultrasound at the tip of an endoscope which is passed into the stomach and is used to locate the pseudocyst on the outside of the stomach. Through a small incision and the use of stent, the pseudocyst can be drained into the stomach without the incision on the skin's surface, which is required with surgery. Previous research has shown that pseudocysts could be managed by EUS, however, the treatment outcomes compared to traditional surgery was unknown.

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