• End date
    Sep 1, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Chinese University of Hong Kong
Updated on 12 August 2021
endoscopic ultrasound
fine needle aspiration
core needle biopsy
fine needle biopsy


Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) is an indispensable tool for tissue acquisition for pancreatic lesions. However, FNA alone has several limitations including inadequate acquisition of cells, and unable to provide core tissue for further histological analysis. The use of rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) by cytopathologist has the biggest impact on improving diagnostic accuracy and is regarded as the gold standard for EUS-FNA. Unfortunately, it is not widely available due to limited resources.

In order to overcome these limitations, new fine needle biopsy (FNB) needles have been recently developed to collect not only cells but also the entire core tissue for histological analysis. Having core biopsy with preserved tissue provides additional advantages of allowing molecular analysis, which are of emerging importance in cancer management. Early results comparing FNB with FNA showed the superiority of FNB over FNA in the absence of ROSE. Data comparing FNB and FNA with ROSE are limited. In order to study to true merits of FNB over FNA, comparison with the most optimal method is necessary.


The purpose of this study is to compare the diagnostic yield of EUS-FNB with MOSE vs EUS-FNA with ROSE.

Condition Pancreatic disorder, Neoplasm of unspecified nature of digestive system, Islet Ce417ll Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Disorders, pancreatic neoplasm, Digestive System Neoplasms
Treatment MOSE, ROSE, ROSE
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03766659
SponsorChinese University of Hong Kong
Last Modified on12 August 2021


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Aged between 18 and 80 years
Referred for EUS-guided tissue acquisition of solid pancreatic lesions greater than 1cm in the largest diameter

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Altered anatomy
Contraindications for conscious sedation
Those who cannot provide informed consent
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