Cannulation and Sphincterotomy: Beyond the Basics

  • Kathryn R. Byrne
  • Douglas G. AdlerEmail author


Cannulation and sphincterotomy are two of the most fundamental techniques required to perform ERCP successfully. Both of these techniques have evolved over the years and have been the subject of intense scrutiny. Modern cannulation and sphincterotomy techniques are designed to maximize efficiency and minimize harm to the patient. This chapter reviews basic and advanced techniques for cannulation and sphincterotomy.


Cannulation Sphincterotomy Pancreatitis Guidewires ERCP Pancreatitis Stent 

Supplementary material

Video 1.1

The accompanying video to this chapter demonstrates a variety of cannulation and sphincterotomy techniques in the setting of both normal and challenging anatomic variants. (85,322 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Gastroenterology and HepatologyUniversity of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Huntsman Cancer CenterUniversity of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake CityUSA

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