Medline ® Abstract for Reference 101
of 'Rare complications of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)'
False aneurysm of the pancreaticoduodenal artery complicating therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.
al-Jeroudi A, Belli AM, Shorvon PJ
Br J Radiol. 2001;74(880):375.
A 76-year-old woman underwent two endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures for palliation of a carcinoma of the pancreas. At the first procedure a pre-cut sphincterotomy was performed because deep cannulation of the biliary tree was impossible. An endoscopic plastic biliary stent was inserted at the second ERCP. The patient developed abdominal pain and a post-procedure CT demonstrated a pseudoaneurysm. This was not present on the pre-procedure CT and was thought to arise from the pancreaticoduodenal artery as a complication of the pre-cut sphincterotomy. Visceral angiography confirmed the origin of the aneurysm from a branch of the inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery. The aneurysm was successfully embolised. To our knowledge, this is the first time that this complication has been reported.
Department of Radiology, Central Middlesex Hospital, Acton Lane, London NW10 7NS, UK.