Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration in the diagnosis of adrenal lesions

Authors Rashmee Patil, Mel A. Ona, Charilaos Papafragkakis, Sushil Duddempudi, Sury Anand, Laith H. Jamil.


The use of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) appears to be a safe and feasible means of confirming or excluding malignancy in the adrenal glands. EUS-FNA with biopsy of suspicious masses in either adrenal gland allows for assessment of these lesions while keeping complications relatively rare. The main advantages of EUS-FNA are that it can be done as an outpatient procedure, with good results, minimal morbidity, and a short hospital stay. Nevertheless, EUS-FNA of adrenal masses should be indicated only in selected cases, in which there is potential to either decrease unnecessary treatment or guide therapy in cancer patients by aiding in either staging of malignancy or treatment of recurrence.v

Keywords Adrenal gland, endoscopic ultrasound, fine-needle aspiration, puncture

Ann Gastroenterol 2016; 29 (3): 307-311

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