Percutaneous fine-needle biopsy of the pancreas by real-time ultrasonography was performed in 45 patients with suspected pancreatic carcinoma. True-positive diagnoses were obtained in 27 cases, 11 examinations yielded true-negative results, 3 results were false-negative, 2 were equivocal, and 2 samples were inadequate. The overall success rate was 84.4%. No false-positive cytologic diagnoses were made. Complications were not seen in any of the patients. The results confirm the effectiveness, safety, and relatively low cost of this procedure. © 1984 Springer-Verlag.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 1984|
- Fine-needle biopsy
- Pancreas, ultrasound (real-time)