Management of duodenal perforation after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and sphincterotomy

M. Stapfer, R. R. Selby, S. C. Stain, N. Katkhouda, D. Parekh, N. Jabbour, D. Garry

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Objective: To evaluate the authors' experience with periduodenal perforations to define a systematic management approach. Summary Background Data: Traditionally, traumatic and atraumatic duodenal perforations have been managed surgically; however, in the last decade, management has shifted toward a more selective approach. Some authors advocate routine nonsurgical management, but the reported death rate of medical treatment failures is almost 50%. Others advocate mandatory surgical exploration. Those who favor a selective approach have not elaborated distinct management guidelines. Methods: A retrospective chart review at the authors' medical center from June 1993 to June 1998 identified 14 instances of periduodenal perforation related to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a rate of 1.0%. Charts were reviewed for the following parameters: ERCP findings, clinical presentation of perforation, diagnostic methods, time to diagnosis, radiographic extent and location of duodenal leak, methods of management, surgical procedures, complications, length of stay, and outcome. Results: Fourteen patients had a periduodenal perforation. Eight patients were initially managed conservatively. Five of the eight patients recovered without incident. Three patients failed non-surgical management and required extensive procedures with long hospital stays and one death. Six patients were managed initially by surgery, with one death. Each injury was evaluated for location and radiographic extent of leak and classified into types I through IV. Conclusions: Clinical and radiographic features of ERCP-related periduodenal perforations can be used to stratify patients into surgical or nonsurgical cohorts. A selective management scheme is proposed based on the features of each type.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-198
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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  • Surgery


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