Cook Expands Line of Endoscopic Ultrasound Needles with Addition of Smallest …

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Medical has added a 25 gage needle to its EchoTip(R)
ProCore(TM) line of fine needle biopsy (FNB) histology needles, which are
designed for use in a procedure known as endoscopic ultrasound, or EUS.
The EchoTip ProCore is a single-use, disposable needle for FNB intended
for sampling of submucosal lesions, mediastinal masses, lymph nodes and
intraperitoneal masses.

The new 25 gage biopsy needle enabled a single-pass diagnosis of 88
percent (91 percent when including subsequent passes) in suspected
tumors of the pancreas when pathologists examined both the histological
and cytological yields obtained.(1) No complications were seen
in any of the patients.

The American
Cancer Society estimates that 43,920 people in the United States
will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012.(2) Because of
its location deep inside the body and lack of symptoms, pancreatic
cancer can be difficult to detect and diagnose in the early stages.(3)
Endoscopic ultrasound is an established procedure for diagnosing GI
cancers and determining the stage of their development.

Most often, a very fine needle is used to gain samples from
hard-to-reach areas such as the pancreas, but fine-needle aspiration
(FNA) can have limited yield and sensitivity for certain kinds of tumors
or in some anatomical locations. Using the 25 gage EchoTip ProCore
needle may lead to an increase in diagnosis for pancreatic malignancies
on the first pass because of its small size and a modified slow-pull
technique for tissue acquisition.

The ProCore line of needles is uniquely designed to obtain both
cytological and histological samples from lesions in the
gastrointestinal tract and has been used in the treatment of tens of
thousands of patients. It builds on the advantages of the EchoTip
Ultra line, and its use and functionality are almost identical to
the EchoTip Ultra ultrasound needle. The core trap at the tip of the
needle receives the tissue sample while the reverse bevel promotes the
collection of core sample by shearing material from the target lesion
during retrograde movement of the needle.

“The 25 gage EchoTip ProCore has a unique advantage because physicians
are able to obtain histological and cytological samples on a single-pass
or limited-pass basis,” said Dr. Kenneth Chang, executive director, H.H.
Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center at the University of
California-Irvine. “Since the single-pass yield is so high with the 25
gage ProCore, the needle streamlines the EUS procedure for physicians
and may require fewer patients to return to their doctors for further

“A full-line supplier of endoscopic devices, Cook has led the way in
ultrasound technologies for more than 14 years,” said Barry Slowey,
global business unit leader for Cook Medical’s Endoscopy division. “The
25 gage EchoTip ProCore and our entire fine-needle-biopsy line have
changed the landscape of EUS globally, providing clinicians with the
latest innovations to improve patient care.”

The 25 gage EchoTip ProCore needle is now available to physicians in
most major markets globally.

About Cook Medical

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creating effective solutions that benefit millions of patients
worldwide. Today, we combine medical devices, drugs, biologic grafts and
cell therapies across more than 16,000 products serving more than 40
medical specialties. Founded in 1963 by a visionary who put patient
needs and ethical business practices first, Cook is a
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Dr. Chang is a paid consultant for Cook Medical.

(1) Iwashita T, Nakai Y, Samarasena JB, et al. High single-pass
diagnostic yield (cytology and histology) of a novel 25-gauge core
biopsy needle for endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration
and biopsy (EUS-FNAB) in pancreatic solid lesions. Poster presented at:
Digestive Disease Week 2012; May 19-22, 2012; San Diego, CA. Poster

(2) What are the key statistics about pancreatic cancer?
American Cancer Society Web site. .
Updated January 13, 2012. Accessed April 19, 2012.

(3) Can pancreatic cancer be found early? American Cancer
Society Web site. .
Updated January 13, 2012. Accessed April 19, 2012.

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About the Author:

Paul Khunkhun, serving Southern California since 1998. Paul is the owner of MDIS. He is a Board Certified Ultrasound Sonographer with RDCS and RVT credentialing. He is also pending ICAEL accreditation.

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