What happens during an endoscopic ultrasound for pancreatic cancer?

During the test you will be under heavy conscious sedation. Throughout the procedure you will retain a minimum level of consciousness allowing you to breathe on your own and respond to verbal and physical prompts. The sedation should keep you from feeling physical discomfort during the procedure. You will be positioned on your side and once you are properly sedated, the endoscope will be passed through your mouth and into your stomach and duodenum. If your doctor uses FNA to biopsy a cyst or a mass, you will be given IV antibiotics and asked to take oral antibiotics for a few days at home after the procedure. The EUS procedure takes approximately 1 hour.

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