Journal article

Prediction of pancreatitis following endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography by the 4-h post procedure amylase level.

PR Thomas, S Sengupta

Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology | Published : 2001


BACKGROUND: Pancreatitis is the commonest and most significant complication of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Early detection of post-ERCP pancreatitis would allow the safe discharge of day-case patients and targeted use of preventive therapies. Clinical diagnosis is inaccurate, and the aim of this study was to evaluate the 4-h post-ERCP hyperamylasemia as a predictor of pancreatitis. METHODS: Two hundred and sixty-three consecutive ERCPs performed at one center were prospectively analyzed, examining patient and procedure characteristics, as well as the amylase level as predictors of pancreatitis. RESULTS: Younger age (< 25 years), Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, pancr..

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