Splenic injury complicating ERCP

Authors Anastasios Grammatopoulos, Maria Moschou, Efrossyni Rigopoulou, George Katsoras.


Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is an invasive procedure which carries a complication rate of 5-10%. Splenic injury is a very rare and potentially lethal complication following ERCP. We report a case of a 64-year-old man with a mass at the pancreatic head and obstructive jaundice, who sustained a splenic injury following ERCP. Six hours after the procedure, the patient presented with epigastric pain and hypotension. The abdominal CT scan revealed splenic hematoma. He was offered surgical treatment. Splenectomy was performed with enterogastrostomy.

Keywords Splenic injury, ERCP, splenectomy

Ann Gastroenterol 2014; 27 (2): 177-178

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