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Pancreatoscopy (Spyglass) in Illinois

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A SpyGlass® pancreatoscopy is a noninvasive endoscopic procedure that checks pancreatic duct abnormalities. The pancreatoscopy is used for diagnostic evaluation, visualization, and therapeutic intervention. Previously, this method was difficult, and maneuverability was limited. With the spyglass system, it is regarded as a breakthrough in endoscopic procedures. For additional information about pancreatoscopies, request an appointment with the gastrointestinal specialists at GI Alliance.

A SpyGlass pancreatoscopy Is utilized in the management and evaluation of the following:

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Intraductal pancreatic mucinous tumors
  • Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms and tumors of the pancreas
  • Pancreatic stones/debris
  • Pancreatitis

The increased maneuverability and easy visualization the SpyGlass systems provide for the pancreatic duct are helpful in many ways. It can assist with the extraction of tissue for biopsies, used for strictures, and for the treatment of stones. Separate channels are provided for instruments and irrigation. The minimum fluoroscopy time results in less radiation exposure. The GI providers at GI Alliance of Illinois are thrilled to help you get the quality treatment you deserve.

You will lie flat on your back when preparing for the procedure in Chicago, IL. The SpyGlass and catheter get attached to a duodenoscope. That scope is inserted into your mouth and down into the stomach until it reaches the duodenum (first part of the small intestine). With fluoroscopic guidance, the catheter is advanced into the pancreatic duct. During this time, the duct is evaluated and the required treatment is performed. If you believe you’d benefit from this procedure, connect with our GI providers at GI Alliance of Illinois.

Earlier versions of the pancreatoscope weren’t as safe as the SpyGlass system we utilize now. Even so, there is a minimal risk for complications with this procedure. They can include bacteremia (the presence of bacteria in the blood), abdominal pain, and nausea. However, our teams in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, and Bloomington, IL works diligently to keep your side effects at a minimum. To learn more, request a consultation with our team at GI Alliance of Illinois.

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