Effectiveness of Menghini-Type Needles for Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration of Pancreatic Masses

Sho Mizukawa, Hironari Kato, Kazuyuki Matsumoto, Shinichiro Muro, Yutaka Akimoto, Daisuke Uchida, Takeshi Tomoda, Naoki Yamamoto, Shigeru Horiguchi, Koichiro Tsutsumi, Hirofumi Inoue, Noriyuki Tanaka, Hiroyuki Okada

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Background: Cutting needles are thought to be effective as biopsy needles. A few types of cutting needles are available for endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA), and the Menghini-type needle is an end-type cutting needle. Aims: A prospective randomized controlled trial was conducted to compare the results of EUS-FNA using a Menghini-type needle (needle M) versus a conventional needle (needle S). Methods: The main eligibility criteria were as follows: patients with a pancreatic mass referred for EUS-FNA, ≥ 20 years old, and a performance status < 4. The primary outcome was the sample quality. The secondary outcomes were factors associated with the sample quality, diagnostic accuracy, and adverse events. Results: A total of 97 patients were enrolled in this study. The sample quality for total puncture with needle M (92.8%) was significantly higher than that with needle S (81.4%) (p = 0.0305). The tumor size (p = 0.033) and type of needle (p = 0.031) were significant factors associated with adequate tissue collection in univariate and multivariate analyses (odds ratio [OR] 2.71; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.12–6.54; p = 0.027 for tumor size, and OR 2.93; 95% CI 1.23–8.21; p = 0.0153 for type of needle). The diagnostic accuracy of each needle was 88.7% (86/97) with needle M and 73.2% (71/97) with needle S. Adverse events occurred in 2 of the 97 patients (0.02%). Conclusion: A Menghini-type needle was able to obtain core tissue for histology more effectively than a conventional aspiration needle. Trial Registration Numbers: UMIN registration number of 000020668.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3171-3178
Number of pages8
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration
  • Fine needle biopsy
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Gastroenterology


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