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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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GOMEZ ZULETA, Martín Alonso  and  VIVEROS CARRENO, David Andrés. Perforations Occurring during ERCP: A Complication to Take into Account. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2014, vol.29, n.2, pp.174-178. ISSN 0120-9957.

When it was introduced 40 years ago, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) was used to diagnose biliopancreatic diseases. Nevertheless, because of its risks, it has been used only for therapeutic procedures for more than 10 years. It is very useful for handling various biliopancreatic pathologies, but like most endoscopic procedures, ERCP is not without potential risks, and the rate of complications is around 5% to 7 %. Perforations are one of the most feared complications because early diagnosis is very difficult and because they can result in death. We present clinical cases of this type of diagnosis that have been managed in our hospital together with a review of the literature

Keywords : Perforation; endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography; ERCP.

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