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What Is ERCP?

What Is ERCP?

What is ERCP? Let’s take a good hard look at this procedure called ERCP that boasts a complication rate of between 5% and 15% depending upon who you get your research information from [1,2]. If you have had or are having an acute pancreatitis episode due to suspected gallstones (seen or unseen on scans) your attending physician maybe suggesting or telling you to have an ERCP. What exactly is ERCP? ERCP = Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography and it is used for…

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Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD) is a functional gastrointestinal abnormality which commonly causes acute pancreatitis. Even without the unfortunate occurrence of acute pancreatitis Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction is characterized by pancreatobiliary pain that can be debilitating and impair the patients quality of life. As far as I can tell from reading dozens of articles nobody knows for sure what causes this functional abnormality. Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction is associated with gallbladder disease, gallstones and ironically those who have the gallbladder…

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