Endoscopic therapy in chronic pancreatitis

Damien Meng Yew Tan, Stuart Sherman

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Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a debilitating disease that can result in chronic abdominal pain, malnutrition, and other related complications. The main aims of treatment are to control symptoms, prevent disease progression, and correct any complications. A multidisciplinary approach involving medical, endoscopic, and surgical therapy is important. Endoscopic therapy plays a specific role in carefully selected patients as primary interventional therapy when medical measures fail or in patients who are not suitable for surgery. Endoscopic therapy is also used as a bridge to surgery or as a means to assess the potential response to pancreatic surgery. This review addresses the role of endoscopic therapy in relief of obstruction of the pancreatic duct (PD) and bile du ct, closure of PD leaks, and drainage of pseudocysts in CP. The role of endoscopic ultrasound-guided celiac plexus block for pain in chronic pancreatitis is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)384-399
Number of pages16
JournalKorean Journal of Internal Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Cholangiopancreatography
  • Chronic
  • Endoscopic retrograde
  • Endoscopy
  • Pancreatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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