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Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2015 September;61(3):117-20

Copyright © 2015 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) outcomes can improve after further training for an individual already experienced in ERCP

Choi J., Malik N., Drachman D., Adler D., Nadir A.

Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, USA


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This study was carried out to assess the impact of therapeutic endoscopy training on the endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) practice of a physician who was practicing ERCP for many years in a community setting in the United States. A retrospective chart review of 390 ERCPs performed by the physician was accomplished; 176 and 214 ERCPs were performed before and after undergoing therapeutic endoscopy training respectively. Rates of common bile duct cannulation; postprocedure pancreatitis; use of common bile duct and pancreatic stents, as well as frequency of biliary and pancreatic sphincterotomies were assessed. The rate of common bile duct cannulation increased from 87% to 96% (P=0.008), while post-ERCP pancreatitis decreased from 8% to 3% (P=0.056), demonstrating that further guided experience in ERCP improved technical competency and decreased complications of ERCP for a physician already performing ERCPs independently in the USA.

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