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Pancreatic Biopsy in Spain

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Spain performing Pancreatic Biopsy.
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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Hospital Clínic Costa Brava

Hospital Clínic Costa Brava is a modern medical facility with over 250 medical specialists, offering medical, surgical, aesthetic, cosmetic and rehabilitation treatments in the relaxing tourism town of Palamos, Costa Brava.

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Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.

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Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Our hospital’s Gastroenterology Unit is specialized in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disorders and swallowing disorders (oral motor dysphagia) and in the performance of minimally invasive techniques.

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Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.

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About Pancreatic Biopsy

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Pancreatic biopsy?
Pancreatic biopsy refers to the procedure in which some tissue from an unidentified cyst is extracted from the pancreas and examined to find out the presence of cancer. It helps the doctor in accurate diagnosis. Therefore it is imperative that a conclusive tissue sample is obtained from the pancreas during the biopsy. The shape, size and the position of the cancerous tissue cells extracted in a pancreatic biopsy will determine the category and stage of the pancreatic cancer.

What are the available methods of pancreatic biopsy?
There are many methods by which pancreatic biopsy are carried out. The method that your doctor may use will depend on the placement of the cancerous cyst. The following methods are used for exact diagnosis:

  • Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)
    Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) is the most widely used method of biopsy. FNA biopsy can be carried out in two ways:
    • Percutaneous Approach
      A local anesthetic is applied to your skin from where a needle is inserted. The needle is long and thin and passes through the abdominal wall before reaching the pancreas. A CT scan or an ultrasound guides the needle to the location from where the tumor cells are removed.
    • EUS Guided Approach
      Live ultrasound images are used in the EUS guided approach to guide the needle which is placed through the endoscope into the timorous mass. This is the most frequently used approach for pancreatic biopsy. It is painless and gives accurate results.
  • ERCP Brush Biopsy
    You may receive sedatives before this procedure, and an anesthetic spray is used to numb your throat. A small brush is attached to the endoscope which is inserted during an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP). It goes directly to the bile or pancreatic duct. The brush collects the cells that are examined using a microscope. However, this method has low chances to produce accurate results and conclusive diagnosis.
  • Laparoscopic Biopsy
    In a laparoscopic biopsy a laparoscope is used, which is a long flexible endoscopic tube with a camera and light attached to it. It is a surgery in which small incisions are made in the abdomen through with the laparoscope and other tools are inserted through the incisions to remove tissues from the pancreas. Images of the pancreas are transmitted from the laparoscope to a monitor for the doctor to view and operate the procedure.

How to prepare for a pancreatic biopsy?
  • Before the procedure you should inform the doctor about your health conditions and concerns such as:
    • Allergies to certain drugs
    • Medications that you may be taking
    • Bleeding problems
    • Pregnancy
    • Heart or lung disease
  • You may be required to stop certain medication a week before the procedure if it is advised by your doctor.
  • Your stomach may need to be empty for certain biopsy methods such as ERCP.
  • You may need to have some medical tests before the biopsy.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Fine Needle Aspiration: approximately 5 to 10 minutes ERCP: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Days admitted : None. Pancreatic biopsy is usually done on an outpatient basis.

Anesthesia : General anesthesia is used during a laparoscopic biopsy

Risks : The following risks may be involved: - Bleeding - Perforation - Inflammation of the pancreas - Reactions to the anesthesia - Allergic reaction to medication - Excessive blood loss - Blood poisoning - Inflammation of the bile ducts

After care : - Patients who have had a sedative should not drive, operate machines, or consume alcohol for 24 hours after the procedure. - The doctor’s instructions should be followed carefully. - Some medication should be avoided for a week after the procedure. - You should refrain from vigorous physical activity for a minimum of 24 hours following the biopsy.

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