Prophylaxis of post-ERCP pancreatitis: a practice survey

Jean Marc Dumonceau, Johanne Rigaux, Michel Kahaleh, Carlos Macias Gomez, Alain Vandermeeren, Jacques Devière

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Background: Prophylactic pancreatic stenting is widely used by expert biliary endoscopists to prevent post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP); nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are thought to prevent PEP. Objective: To assess the use of pancreatic stenting and NSAIDs for PEP prophylaxis among endoscopists and its determinants. Design: A survey was distributed to 467 endoscopists attending a course on therapeutic digestive endoscopy. Intervention: Completed surveys were collected from 141 endoscopists performing ERCP in 29 countries (answer rate 30.2%); practices were most often located in community hospitals with an annual hospital volume of ≤500 ERCPs (in Belgium, Spain, Italy, and France in about half of cases). For all conditions listed, including needle-knife precut, previous PEP, suspected sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, and ampullectomy, less than half of the endoscopists reported attempting prophylactic pancreatic stenting in ≥75% of cases. Thirty (21.3%) survey respondents did not perform prophylactic pancreatic stenting in any circumstance; this was mainly ascribed to lack of experience. Measurement of PEP incidence and an annual hospital volume of >500 ERCPs were independently associated with the use of prophylactic pancreatic stenting (P = .005 and P = .030, respectively). Most survey respondents (n = 118, 83.7%) did not use NSAIDs for PEP prophylaxis. This was mainly ascribed to lack of scientific evidence of its benefits. Main Outcome Measurements: Proportion of cases in which pancreatic stenting is attempted during ERCP; reasons for not using prophylactic pancreatic stenting or NSAIDs. Limitations: Survey, not an audit of practice. Conclusions: Despite scientific evidence of its benefits, use of prophylactic pancreatic stenting is not as widely adopted as previously thought; use of NSAIDs for PEP prophylaxis is marginal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)934-939.e2
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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