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GARCIA-CANO LIZCANO, J. et al. Therapeutic biliary endoscopy in patients over 90 years of age. An. Med. Interna (Madrid) [online]. 2002, vol.19, n.8, pp.33-35. ISSN 0212-7199.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is an stablished method to treat bile duct obstruction. Besides, ERCP is one of the most stricking parts of interventional endoscopy and takes advantage of its minimal invasive condition to be applied to a wide variety of patients.  We present five patients over 90 years of age who underwent succesfully and witout complications six therapeutic ERCPs. Endoscopic biliary sphincterotomy, common bile duct stone extraction and plastic stent insertion all were performed unventfully and solving the biliary obstruction. Therapeutic ERCP is a safe and effective modality to treat bile duct obstruction in patients over 90 years of age. 

Keywords : ERCP; Biliary obstruction; Elderly patients.

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