Single-Session Endoscopic Ultrasound-Directed Transgastric Intervention for a Fine Needle Biopsy of Pancreatic Head Mass Using Endoscopic Through-the-Scope Suturing in a Patient With Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Anatomy


North Florida


North Florida Regional Medical Center

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Case Report

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EUS-directed transgastric intervention, X-tack suturing system, fine-needle biopsy, pancreatic cancer


Diagnosis | Gastroenterology | Internal Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences


Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a diagnostic tool used to examine pancreatic lesions. In patients who have undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, lesions of the pancreatic head can be difficult to access because of altered foregut anatomy. To access the excluded stomach for better visualization of the pancreatic head, EUS-directed transgastric intervention can be used in a 2-step fashion. We present an interesting case of a 62-year-old woman who underwent a single-session modified EUS-directed transgastric intervention with a fine needle biopsy of a pancreatic head mass. A novel through-the-scope suturing system, the X-tack system (Apollo Endosurgery, Austin, TX), was used to allow for a successful single-session procedure.

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ACG Case Report Journal