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could a gi doctor detect pancreatic cancer while doing a scope?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Possibly by ERCP: Ercp (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) is a procedure used to diagnose diseases of the biliary system, pancreas, and liver. An endoscopist, gastroenterologist, uses a special endoscope. The endoscopist identifies the place where the bile duct comes into the intestine and then feeds a tiny catheter into the duct and squirts contrast into the bile system and pancreas ducts.
Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
Agree with Dr. Sturgis. Endoscopists may also use ultrasound through the scope to find/evaluate pancreatic masses.
Feb 19, 2014
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Possibly: It requires a specialized type of upper endoscopy. Routine upper GI endoscopy does not visualize the pancreas, but an ERCP may identify a pancreatic mass effecting the pancreatic duct. Masses in the tail of the pancreas may not be detected. A ct scan , ultrasound, MRI or pet scan are more commonly used, but the diagnosis is often not made early. An ERCP is usually used after a mass is detected.

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