Do socioeconomic status and ability to pay play a role in the surgical management of acute gallstone pancreatitis? Although further studies are needed, these researchers believe these disparities can affect care.
Researchers identified abdominal pain, low serum carbohydrate antigen (CA) 19.9 levels, and absence of mass on imaging as independent predictors of benign lesions in patients with proximal biliary strictures (PBS), as indicated by study data published in HPB. According to the researchers, the aforementioned risk factors may be used to differentiate benign lesions from perihilar…
When diagnosing indeterminate biliary strictures, digital single-operator cholangioscopy (DSOC)-guided biopsy has demonstrated safety, efficacy, and higher sensitivity than standard endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.
The researchers recommend that [endoscopic ultrasound-guided gallbladder drainage] be used as one of the first-line approaches when treating this patient population and is preferably performed in centers with high expertise owing to the chances of rare but serious adverse events.
The FDA has cleared the first duodenoscope with a disposable sterile elevator piece, a first in the United States. The design will reduce the number of parts that need to be cleaned and disinfected (reprocessed) between uses.
Study investigators concluded that although the optimum treatment course for common bile duct stones has not yet been determined, “ERCP for CBD stone clearance involves multiple interventions, prolonged treatment, causes post procedure morbidity and high treatment costs.