Endoscopic Ultrasound for the Hepatologist: A Comprehensive Review

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Abstract

In the last few years, the diagnostic and therapeutic utilization of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) for a variety of liver conditions has exponentially grown. We performed a thorough search for all available studies on the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic EUS in the field of hepatology. This article reviews the indication of EUS in the evaluation and treatment of portal hypertension, portal vein pressure measurement, focal liver lesions, and parenchymal liver diseases, and presents all the clinical evidences available so far in this regard. All the review data suggest that EUS is becoming an increasingly important tool in the armamentarium of the hepatologists for the management of certain liver-related conditions. Implementation in the education of the hepatologists of means to become more familiar with both diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of EUS is warranted.

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