ERCP: Is it Really Needed?
As more information is gathered regarding its complications, an increasing number of patients are asking when is ERCP needed. Anyone who has suffered from serious complications after undergoing an ERCP should file a free case review to determine their best course of legal action.
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 doctor gets the tube into 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.
When is ERCP Needed?
An ERCP, when performed properly, is used to accurately identify blockage or dilation of the ducts and inflammation of the tissue, which could be indirect effects of pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis, or stones in one or more of the ducts.
An ERCP can also be used as a treatment for pancreatic cancer in patients who are unable to undergo curative surgery. When cancers prevent the proper flow of bile from the liver, an ERCP can be performed to insert a stent into the duct, allowing it to properly drain while alleviating symptoms such as jaundice, liver damage, risk of bacterial infection in the blood and severe pain.
Symptoms of liver and gallbladder problems include a yellowing of the skin known as jaundice, abdominal pain, fever/ chills, and excessive nausea and/or vomiting.
Failed ERCP Symptoms
Anyone who has undergone an ERCP should keep an eye out for the following symptoms within 72 hours of the procedure:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Continuous cough
- Fever and chills
- Chest pain
- Bleeding, vomiting blood
Can I Take Legal Action?
No one who enters a medical facility with intentions of having a serious condition diagnosed and treated deserves to leave with further medical complications as a result of the procedure meant to improve those conditions. If you or someone you know needed an ERCP and suffered from any of these severe complications could be entitled to financial compensation. Click here to file a free case review and have the details of your particular case examined by an experienced product liability attorney who will help you determine your best legal options.