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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Gastroent Hepatol 2014; 68(3): 209-211.

Unusual ERCP complication

Jan Valkovský  1, J. Vrána  1, J. Šmíd  1, J. Kraus  1, Petr Kovala  2, Milan Kremer  2, Branislav Šnajder  3, O. Kuchyňa  4

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We present the case of a 68-year-old female patient sent by her GP for an ERCP because of a sonographic finding of biliary dilation with choledocholithiasis. Our patient underwent open cholecystectomy in 2002, the operation was complicated by a leakage of d. cysticus resolved by ERCP with an installation of a biliary stent. The patient did not comply with ambulatory dispensarisation, therefore the stent was left in the biliary tract for more than ten years. Extraction of the stent during ERCP immediately led to cardiorespiratory distress in the patient. A new biliary stent was introduced without delay. An urgent CT scan revealed a massive bilateral pneumothorax as a result of post-ERCP perforation.


ERCP, complication, perforation

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