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Male Patient Suffers Pancreatits Complication After Undergoing ERCP

Male Patient Suffers Pancreatits Complication After Undergoing ERCP

Even though it is less common for a male patient to undergo an ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) than a female patient, sometimes men do undergo this test. This caller was a middle aged male who had undergone an ERCP and had suffered the complications known as pancreatitis. ERCP is a method for doctors to evaluate problems with the patient’s pancreas, gall bladder, bile ducts and liver. These are the organs which assist with digestion. To perform an ERCP the physician uses an endoscope (flexible tube with a camera and light and, sometimes, a small tool). Typically dye will be injected and x-rays will be taken which will allow the doctor to observe these organs. Certain risks are present, including the risk of pancreatitis. However, it may be a situation such that the patient was not even a candidate for ERCP in the first place. Complications from ERCP form the basis of many medical malpractice cases. However, the mere fact the patient has a post-ERCP complication does not confirm that malpractice has occurred. This caller was wise in contacting an attorney to evaluate his potential claim.


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