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Table 3 Baseline characteristics of patients and sampling (CA19–9 – carcinoma antigen 19–9; CgA – chromogranin A; LMWH – low molecular weight heparin; PAI – platelet aggregation inhibitors)

From: Prospective comparison of slow-pull and standard suction techniques of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration in the diagnosis of solid pancreatic cancer

Patients (N = 89) Sampling (N = 92)
Male/female 38/51 Examiners: Z.Sz/L.Cz 70/22
Age (year) 66.1
(27–95; median: 69)
Punctures per examination 4 (3–7; median: 4)
Tumor location 3 2 punctures
4 punctures
5 punctures
6 punctures
7 punctures
23 (25%)
47 (51.1%)
17 (18.5%)
6 (4.3%)
1 (1.1%)
Head
Body
Tail
Diffuse
71 (79.8%)
7 (7.9%)
8 (8.9%)
3 (3.4%)
Tumor size (mm) 31.8
(7–62; median: 30)
LMWH
PAI
10 (10.9%)
14 (15.2%)
CA 19–9
Elevated
Normal
No data
CgA elevation
44 (47.2%)
27 (29.3%)
18 (19.5%)
5 (5.6%)
Needle type
Echotip
EZ Shot 2
37 (40.2%)
55 (59.8%)