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LEDRO CANO, D. et al. Endoscopic pain management in chronic pancreatitis patients. An. Med. Interna (Madrid) [online]. 2002, vol.19, n.2, pp.27-30. ISSN 0212-7199.

Introduction: Chronic Pancreatitis is a recurrent disease, frequently alcohol intake related and tend to occur in the third and the fourth decades. Stenoses and lithiasis in the main pancreatic duct causes obstruction and subsequently pain. Therefore endoscopic or surgical decompression of main pancreatic duct results in pain relief.  Subjects and methods: Review our experience in the endoscopic management in patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis. 42 patients underwent ERCP for management of their chronic pancreatitis. Therapeutic options were sphincterotomy alone, prostheses and "do nothing". Follow-up was made by phone call and outpatient office visits. Mean follow-up was 47.8 (27.2) months.  Results: 22 patients underwent therapeutic ERCP. In 8 patients we performed sphincterotomy and in 14 patients, a sphincterotomy and prostheses intubation. 8 patients are asymptomatic after a mean follow-up of 10.8 (11.6) months. 2 of them, underwent sphincterotomy and six of them, underwent sphincterotomy and prostheses intubation.  Conclusion: Therapeutic ERCP is a tool that relieves pain in a fifth of patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis.

Palabras clave : Pain; ERCP; Prostheses; Sphincterotomy.

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