Digestive Disease Interventions 2018; 02(04): 336-345
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1675756
Review Article
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Endoscopic Pancreato-Biliary Interventions

Ali Raza
1   Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, The University of Texas-Houston, McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas
Kumar Krishnan
2   Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
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29 August 2018

27 September 2018

Publication Date:
30 November 2018 (online)


Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) play a critical role in the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant pancreatobiliary diseases. In the last several years, role of ERCP has evolved from just a diagnostic procedure to mostly a therapeutic procedure. It plays a key role in the diagnosis of indeterminate biliary strictures and evaluation of bile leaks. Therapeutic ERCP utilizes various techniques for the extraction of biliary and pancreatic stones, management of bile leaks, and the treatment of malignant and benign strictures. EUS plays a central role in tissue acquisition for diagnostic purposes. Therapeutic applications of EUS have significantly increased in the recent years and include management of pancreatic fluid collections, pancreatic necrosis, drainage of the biliary obstruction, gall bladder drainage, and EUS-assisted ERCP. These procedures have good efficacy and acceptable side effect profile when performed by expert endoscopists at tertiary care medical centers.

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