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Perforations (ERCP With Sphincterotomy Risks)

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Presentation: ERCP With Sphincterotomy
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Perforation injuries, or injuries that cause a hole in the esophagus or stomach during this procedure, are rare. However, it is possible for them to occur.
The size, location and seriousness of such a perforation or hole can vary along with the treatment choices for such an injury. Depending on the individual situation, perforations can sometimes be treated with antibiotics and extra days in the hospital. In more serious cases, surgery is necessary to repair the problem and possibly remove the damaged area. Loss of life is also a possibility.
If a perforation does occur, your doctor will discuss the treatment options and expected outcomes with you.

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