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BACKGROUND Pancreatitis occurs in up to 30% of patients who undergo ERCP. This study tested the hypothesis that post-ERCP pancreatitis can be avoided by initially accessing the bile duct with a soft-tipped Teflon tracer 0.035-inch guidewire. METHODS A single endoscopist performed ERCP in 400 consecutive patients with pancreatobiliary disease who were(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have shown the efficacy and effectiveness of the combined endoscopic-laparoscopic "rendezvous" technique for treatment of gallbladder and bile duct stones without complications, particularly pancreatitis. The so-called rendezvous technique consists of laparoscopic cholecystectomy standards with intraoperative cholangiography(More)
BACKGROUND Pharmacological prophylaxis of post-ERCP pancreatitis is costly and not useful in most non-selected patients, in whom the incidence of pancreatitis is 5% or less. However, it could be useful and probably cost-effective, in patients at high risk for this complication, where the post-procedure pancreatitis rate is 10% and more. AIM To assess the(More)
OBJECTIVE In about 30% of cases, the etiology of acute recurrent pancreatitis remains unexplained, and the term "idiopathic" is currently used to define such disease. We aimed to evaluate the long-term outcome of patients with idiopathic recurrent pancreatitis who underwent endoscopic cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) followed by either endoscopic biliary(More)
Several studies have shown the efficacy and effectiveness of the combined endoscopic–laparoscopic “rendezvous” technique for treatment of gallbladder and bile duct stones without complications, particularly pancreatitis. The so-called rendezvous technique consists of laparoscopic cholecystectomy standards with intraoperative cholangiography followed by(More)
AIMS To measure patients' satisfaction after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) for biliary stones in a large number of unselected endoscopy units. METHODS A prospective study using a questionnaire (Group Health Association of America-9 [GHAA-9], modified) was administered 24 h and 30 days after the procedure. Patients undergoing(More)
OBJECTIVE Acute pancreatitis is a common complication after endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). The aim of this study was to detect the time when the peak of serum amylase was predictive for pancreatitis or severe hyperamylasemia, to plan a prolonged follow-up in the hospital and for outpatients. (More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS To study the effectiveness of endoscopic treatment for biliary stones in a large case list of patients treated in units with different experience and different workloads in a region of northern Italy. PATIENTS AND METHODS We prospectively studied 700 patients undergoing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography or(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Acute pancreatitis is still the most common complication after endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES) and cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). The aim of this study was to detect the time when the peak of serum amylase was predictive for postprocedure pancreatitis or long-lasting severe hyperamylasemia, in order to plan the follow-up of(More)
The pancreas commonly reacts to endoscopic papillosphincterotomy (EST) with a rise in serum amylase, and acute pancreatitis may also develop. The long-acting somatostatin analogue octreotide has recently been proposed for prevention of colangiopancreatography (ERCP)/EST-induced pancreatic reaction. Therefore, we tested the prophylactic effects of a(More)