What is an ERCP and Why is it Dangerous?
As more and more patients experience adverse effects without knowing how dangerous ERCP is, the opportunity for legal action grows larger. If you or someone you know underwent an ERCP procedure and suffered severe complications or death, file a free case review to determine your best legal options.
What is an ERCP?
ERCP stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. It is a procedure used to diagnose and/or treat certain diseases in multiple organs, including the gallbladder, pancreas and liver. During the procedure, a doctor threads a long tube with a camera in the end through the esophagus and stomach, down into the top part of the small intestine, or duodenum. Once the duodenum is reached, a small catheter slips through a tiny opening at the end of the scope and squirts dye into the bile duct that allows the gallbladder, pancreatic and bile ducts to be seen clearly on X-rays, which are then taken over the abdomen.
When performed properly, the procedure can 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 considerable pain.
How Dangerous is ERCP?
Like many medical procedures, ERCP comes with its share of risks and complications. The most common adverse effect associated with ERCP is pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreatitis may cause serious complications itself, including cysts, infection, kidney failure, breathing problems, diabetes, malnutrition, and even pancreatic cancer. Other complications from ERCP include, but are not limited to, infection, bleeding, and bowel perforation.
Can I Take Legal Action?
Anyone who has visited a doctor to fix medical problems should not have to deal with further, often worse complications following a medical procedure. If you or someone you know has had an ERCP and then been diagnosed with pancreatitis or suffered from other complications, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Click here to file a free case review and have the details of your particular claim examined by an experienced product liability attorney, who will then help you determine your best course of legal action.