ERCP in the management of biliary complications after cholecystectomy

Swati Pawa, Firas H. Al-Kawas

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Open cholecystectomy has been associated historically with 0.2% to 0.5% risk of postoperative biliary injury. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, which has become the first-line surgical treatment of calculous gallbladder disease, has been associated with a 2.5-fold to fourfold increase in the incidence of postoperative bile duct injury. The biliary endoscopist can expect to see a varied spectrum of complications after cholecystectomy by either technique, including postoperative biliary strictures, bile leaks, and retained calculi in the biliary tree. Proper diagnosis and treatment are paramount in ensuring a satisfactory outcome after bile duct injury. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) has become the primary modality for treatment and effectively manages most bile duct injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-166
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent gastroenterology reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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