What is the efficacy of endoscopic therapy for chronic pancreatitis?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason L Huffman, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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At the end of follow-up, 60% had completed the endoscopic therapy, while 16% were still undergoing some form of endoscopic therapy and 24% had undergone surgery. Pain relief (based upon a structured questionnaire) was achieved in 65% of patients on intention-to-treat analysis. Pancreatic function did not improve. The techniques involved can be technically challenging, and complications have been described. Currently, it should be performed only in centers with expertise in this area on carefully selected patients.


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