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Thirty-one patients with symptomatic pancreatitis and pancreas divisum were treated prospectively by inserting an endoprosthesis into the dorsal pancreatic duct for drainage. Pain was a feature characteristic of all 31 patients; of these 92% had an improvement in their subjective complaints of pain after sphincterotomy and insertion of a prosthesis in the(More)
Using monopolar electrocautery technique, we have used both an electrified guide wire and a needle-tipped sphincterotome to successfully enter the common bile duct, subsequently image it, and perform therapeutic procedures when by virtue of the patient's anatomy, or because of tumor, this had not been possible using conventional ERCP catheters. In an(More)
Large-caliber prostheses, 11.5-12 French, were placed in 167 patients (183 attempts, 91% success) presenting with obstructive jaundice. Thirty-three patients had additional prostheses placed to selectively decompress intrahepatic ducts obstructed by cholangiocarcinoma. In this prospective unrandomized series, there were 43 lesions of the common hepatic(More)
Sixty-five patients with symptomatic pancreas divisum were treated by endostents, surgery, or observation. In 35 patients, endoscopic stenting either alone (20) or followed by surgery (15) was the primary therapy. Of 30 patients not stented, 10 underwent elective surgery and 20 were followed. Treatment was based on symptoms and biochemical and radiologic(More)
We present a prospective, unrandomized, uncontrolled series of 1272 patients in whom endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES) was performed, and who had not previously undergone cholecystectomy. These patients were culled from our combined experience of a total of 4177 patients in whom ES was performed over the last 13 yr. Of the group reported here, 1208 patients(More)
Over the past 8 years we have utilized various types of mechanical lithotriptors to crush common bile duct stones. The procedure was performed in 93 patients with an overall success rate of 94%. However, because many accessories were in a developmental stage, entrapment of stones was not always possible on the first attempt, and the procedure was repeated(More)
Iridium 192 seeds contained in a ribbon were preloaded into a new double lumen 11 Fr endoprosthesis which was then inserted into malignant strictures of the bile duct and ampulla and left in place for 48 hours until 5000 rads were delivered to the tumor. The procedure was carried out in 14 patients (7 women, 7 men; mean age, 63.2 years; range, 46 to 86(More)
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