PMID: 1854984Mar 1, 1991Paper

Endoscopic management of pancreatic disease

Baillière's Clinical Gastroenterology
J E Geenen, P Rolny


Since its introduction in 1968, ERCP has developed from being a purely diagnostic method, mostly used in the investigation of unexplained upper abdominal pain, to an invaluable tool for the management of patients with pancreatic disorders. In cases with severe gallstone pancreatitis, the biliary obstruction is disclosed and relieved by ERCP and ES. In patients with severe acute pancreatitis of other aetiologies, as well as in post-traumatic pancreatitis, ERCP is indispensable for revealing complications (e.g. pancreatic duct rupture) and/or for planning the treatment strategy. Furthermore, in cases of pancreatitis not related to alcohol or gallstones, it often demonstrates causes which may be treatable, and it is also useful for evaluation of the gland after massive pancreatic necrosis. Moreover, ERCP is helpful in establishing the diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis and its complications as well as in demonstrating morphological grounds for therapeutic intervention. Although the indications, limitations, and practicability of the different techniques of therapeutic ERCP in various pancreatic diseases still remain to be defined, the method appears to offer an alternative to surgery, particularly in cases in which operative treatm...Continue Reading


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