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.