A Brief History of ERCP Procedures
With an increasing number of patients experiencing serious complications, there is an ever-growing need for people to know when ERCP was invented. Anyone who has undergone this procedure and experienced adverse side effects should file a free case review to help determine if they are eligible for financial compensation.
What is ERCP?
An ERCP, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, is a procedure that aims to diagnose and/or treat certain diseases in several organs in the abdominal area, including the gallbladder, pancreas, and liver. A doctor threads a long tube with a camera placed in the end through the esophagus and stomach, down into the top part of the small intestine (duodenum).
Once the tube reaches the duodenum, a small catheter extends through the end of the scope and squirts a dying agent that allows the gallbladder, pancreatic and bile ducts to be seen on the ensuing abdominal X-rays. The procedure can accurately identify blockage or dilation of the ducts and inflammation of the tissue, which could be an indirect result of pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis, or stones in one or more of the ducts.
The procedure can also be used to treat pancreatic cancer in patients who are unable to undergo curative surgery. In this case, an ERCP is performed to insert a stent into the duct, which allows it to drain properly while alleviating jaundice, liver damage, severe pain and other symptoms.
When was ERCP Invented?
ERCP was introduced in 1968, but gained popularity in the early 1970s after featuring at an international workshop held at the 1972 European Congress in Paris. The procedure was well-regarded for its ability to diagnose certain conditions, but was met with skepticism in the United States, especially as the potential for complications manifested itself.
In 1974, the procedure was better-received for its ability to perform therapeutic biliary sphincterotomes, which are used for a myriad of conditions, and five years later was praised for its ability to insert biliary stents.
However, as is the case with many medical procedures, the potential for complications also exists with ERCP. The European Medical Journal states that sedation, the anatomy of the upper gastrointestinal tract, equipment and technique are only a few of several factors that can affect the outcome of the procedure. That means an incompetent or inexperienced worker could be as responsible for complications as the way your intestines are shaped.
Pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, is the most common complication that arises from ERCP procedures, and can lead to other problems including cysts, infection, kidney failure, breathing problems, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer.
Should I Take Legal Action?
If you or a loved one has undergone an ERCP and experienced serious complications, you could be entitled to financial compensation. File a free case review with an experienced product liability attorney who will look at the details of your case and help you determine your best course of legal action.