Controversies in EUS: Do we need miniprobes?
Seifert H., Fusaroli P., Arcidiacono P., Braden B., Herth F., Hocke M., Larghi A., Napoleon B., Rimbas M., Ungureanu B., Sãftoiu A., Sahai A., Dietrich C.
This is the fifth in a series of papers entitled 'Controversies in EUS.' In the current paper, we deal with high-resolution catheter probes, otherwise known as EUS miniprobes (EUS-MPs). The application of miniprobes for early carcinomas in the entire intestinal tract, for subepithelial lesions, and for findings in the bile duct and pancreatic duct as well as endobronchial use is critically discussed. Submucous lesions, especially in the colon, but also early carcinomas in special cases are considered the most important indications. The argument is illustrated by numerous examples.