Complications of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography: How to avoid and manage them

Nicholas M. Szary, Firas H. Al-Kawas

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Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a therapeutic procedure used to treat problems associated with biliary and pancreatic diseases. The benefits of ERCP over surgical treatment are well documented; however, complications including infection, pancreatitis, hemorrhage, and perforation can occur even in expert hands. Several factors, such as patient selection, skill of the operator, and the complexity of the procedure, can add to the intrinsic risks of ERCP. This review outlines the current knowledge regarding ERCP complications and solutions for improved outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-504
Number of pages9
JournalGastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • ERCP
  • Post-ERCP hemorrhage
  • Post-ERCP infection
  • Post-ERCP pancreatitis
  • Post-ERCP perforation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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