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Pancreatic Biopsy in Spain

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Spain performing Pancreatic Biopsy.
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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

We work on all aspects of this speciality, diagnosing as fast as possible and effectively treating the different diseases.

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Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital

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

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Hospital General de Catalunya

The Digestive Care department at Hospital General de Catalunya offers full consultative services in the field of medical and surgical gastroenterology.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

Division of Gastroenterology is responsible for a wide variety of target organs, including the gastrointestinal tract, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

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Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja

Quironsalud Hospital Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management. IMTJ Best International Hospital of the world (awards 2017)

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Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia

Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella

This international hospital incorporates prestigious doctors, invests in research and development, technology and continuing education that enhances skills, in facilities, and in an increased operational efficiency in order to provide nothing but the best

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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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Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

At the Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Paediatric nutrition department we treat children with complex illnesses, with motility problems, metabolic disorders, hepatic disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic oesophagitis, among other conditions.

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Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona

Quirónsalud Hospital Barcelona is the benchmark for private healthcare in southern Europe, providing world-class service for the past seventy years.

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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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