Endoscopic Techniques for Biliary and Pancreatic Acute Diseases

  • Stefania GhersiEmail author
  • Marco Bassi
  • Carlo Fabbri
  • Anna Larocca
  • Vincenzo Cennamo


Digestive endoscopy has a central role in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of most gastrointestinal diseases, but in the years has had a truly revolutionary impact, especially in reference to the treatment of many diseases, allowing less invasive management of conditions otherwise only surgically treated. Moreover, if we consider the increase in life expectancy in Western countries, resulting in greater demand for health services by the octogenarian population, the possibility of offering a therapeutic, less invasive alternative may be even more important. More specifically, over the last 40 years, the primary role of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in the diagnosis and therapy of biliopancreatic diseases has changed drastically with the introduction of new diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound (US), computerized tomography (CT), endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), and magnetic resonance (MR), but leaving ERCP the role of main therapeutic tool for obstructive biliopancreatic acute diseases.


Acute Pancreatitis Acute Pancreatitis Biliary Drainage Common Bile Duct Stone Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefania Ghersi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marco Bassi
    • 1
  • Carlo Fabbri
    • 1
  • Anna Larocca
    • 1
  • Vincenzo Cennamo
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of GastroenterologyBellaria-Maggiore HospitalBolognaItaly

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