Is it normal to need an endoscopic ultrasound?

No, it is unusual. Presumably, from the question, there is some disorder of the upper gastrointestinal tract. An upper GI series shows x-rays of the swallowing structures, stomach, beginning of small intestine. Upper endoscopy is passing a tube with a camera and seeing down to stomach, duodenum. If that tube can go into bile and pancreas ducts, ercp. If can also do ultrasound, it is endoscopic ultrasound (eus).

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18 months ago I had a little high lipase / amalyase, mri, endoscopic ultrasound normal. Blood test last week shows hi lipase again 103, norm 67?

Lipase. Laboratory data without a full clinical picture is often useless. Nonetheless, lipase elevations often occur with a pancreatic inflammation, and this can be from within or extrinsic to the pancreas. There are, however, several other possibilities and you should be seen by a gastroenterologist. Read more...

Why do I have to have an " endoscopic ultrasound"?

Many reasons. Endoscopic ultrasound or "eus" is used for many, many indications, including finding out what a mass in the GI system is, taking biopsies, staging for cancer, diagnosing if you have bile duct stones etc. Perhaps if you tell us more information about your medical problem, we can provide a more specific answer. Read more...
Endoscopic ultrasoun. It is a great test to look at the pancreas and take sample of any area which is abnormal. You need to request a pancreas expert for that procedure. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: endoscopic ultrasound?

Endo = inside. Ultrasound=sonogram=using sound waves to form a picture. Endo=inside, thus endoscopic ultrasound means performing an ultrasound from the inside, typically your stomach/gut, vagina, or even inside blood vessel, using an endoscope. It is a fascinating procedure. Have fun learning. Good luck. Read more...
Internal ultrasound. Ultrasounds are usually performed with an instrument called a transducer placed on the outside of your body over the area of interest. With endoscopic ultrasound a small transducer is attached to a tube that is put down into your stomach through your mouth. This allows your doctor to take detailed ultrasound pictures of the pancreas. Read more...

Which has greater risk for complications, an upper endoscopy or an endoscopic ultrasound?

Both are the same. Both procedures require sedation and passing an endoscope(a thin flexible tube)through your mouth and esophagus in upper endoscopy and through the anus in lower endoscopy which is called a colonoscope.The difference is one is without doing ultrasound. Imaging and other with.Risks are 1infection 2bleeding 3(perforation) tearing of gastrointestinal tract 4reaction to sedation. Read more...