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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 85

of 'Rare complications of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)'

Splenic Injury and ERCP: A Possible Risk for Patients with Advanced Chronic Pancreatitis.
Gaffney RR, Jain V, Moyer MT
Case Rep Gastroenterol. 2012 Jan;6(1):162-5. Epub 2012 Mar 31.
Splenic injury is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication of endoscopy, with very few cases of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)-induced injury reported in the literature. Here we report a patient with chronic alcoholic pancreatitis who was diagnosed with a sub-capsular splenic laceration nearly 6 days after an ERCP. Clinicians should be alerted to the potential post-procedure complications associated with ERCP, particularly as this procedure is being utilized more frequently for the management of patients with complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic conditions.
Department of Internal Medicine, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa., USA.