Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure that carries certain risks for patients and presents challenges for physicians. The slightest error by the physician can have horrific consequences.
Just because this procedure is common, that doesn’t mean it’s safe for everyone, or that it won’t result in complications.
Before an ERCP, all procedures and their risk factors should be discussed. After an ERCP procedure, the patient should be monitored to ensure that complications do not develop. Patients should be educated on how to recognize symptoms of ERCP complications. Many ERCP complications exhibit similar symptoms, such as fever, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
ERCP, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, is a procedure that is used to examine the gastrointestinal tract and the pancreatic and bile ducts. This procedure is typically used when less invasive forms of testing have failed to conclusively diagnose an existing condition. ERCP may also be used to treat conditions immediately following a confirmed diagnosis.
New reports have been surfacing about a new threat emerging within the walls of America’s largest hospitals. One of the most widely performed non-surgical procedures (ERCP) may be responsible for dozens of deaths and a potential global health crisis. It has been revealed that hospitals in several major cities are reporting deaths due to CRE outbreaks.