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Minerva Chirurgica 2017 April;72(2):157-68

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4733.16.07274-6

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Management of post-ERCP complications

David J. DESILETS

Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Baystate Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Springfield, MA, USA


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Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) has the highest risk of complication of any endoscopic procedure routinely performed by gastroenterologists or surgeons. Adverse events are inevitable when performing ERCP, and one must learn to manage these appropriately when they occur. One avenue for a successful outcome after a complication of ERCP is to follow the “5R model” of management: recognize, react, reach out, repent, and revisit. Several case studies are used as examples of intervention after complication, especially after retroperitoneal perforation. The literature is briefly reviewed in some areas, and I draw upon my own experience extensively in others. If there is a sixth R in the model it would be to “rejoice” when a patient is successfully managed and is finally sent home in good health.


KEY WORDS: Cholangiopancreatography, endoscopic retrograde - Complications - Gastroenterology

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Issue published online: February 2, 2017
Article first published online: December 16, 2016

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Desilets DJ. Management of post-ERCP complications. Minerva Chir 2017;72:157-68. DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4733.16.07274-6

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David.Desilets@baystatehealth.org