How are Pancreas Cysts diagnosed?
Our goal as Gastroenterologists is to diagnose lesions based on our current predictive capabilities which included clinical history, radiographic imaging, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and cyst fluid analysis/cytology. Guidelines on diagnosis, management, surveillance of these cystic lesions are available, which we use to help guide our evaluation and intervention. Currently Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) is the best test to evaluate cysts as it allows for excellent imaging and also sampling (fine needle aspiration FNA) of the cyst fluid with a needle. EUS is a minimally invasive procedure to assess digestive (gastrointestinal) diseases. It uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the lining and walls of your digestive tract and chest, nearby organs such as the pancreas and liver, and lymph nodes. EUS–FNA of pancreas cysts has been associated with very low risk of complications and is very effective in evaluating pancreatic cysts.