Primary Needle Knife Fistulotomy Versus Conventional Cannulation Method

2016-09-27 22:53:21 | BioPortfolio


The aim of this study are to evaluate the feasibility of needle knife fistulotomy (NKF) as an initial procedure for biliary access in patients with common bile duct stones who are at increased risk for post-endoscopic retrograde endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (PEP) and to assess the incidence rate of complications including PEP between NKF and conventional cannulation methods.


Endoscopic retrograde endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is widely used for the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic and biliary tract disease. However, post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP) is the most common adverse event following the procedure, ranging from 2% to 10% in nonselective cases, and it can cause substantial morbidity, mortality, or high medical costs. Recent advances in cannulation technique and accessories for biliary cannulation have contributed to reduce the incidence of PEP, but biliary cannulation can fail in 5% to 20% of cases of ERCP. Suprapapillary needle-knife fistulotomy (NKF), with or without large-diameter balloon dilation, has been used as a rescue method in cases of difficult biliary cannulation, and NKF was recommended as an initial approach to selective biliary cannulation in cases of repetitive unintentional pancreatic cannulation.9 Moreover, difficult biliary cannulation is known to be a risk factor for PEP, and it has been reported that NKF is associated with a low risk of PEP. Thus, we hypothesized that NKF may reduce the risk of PEP in patients who are at increased risk for PEP.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Common Bile Duct Stone


cannulation of ampulla of Vater


CHA Bundang Medical Center
Korea, Republic of




Hallym University Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-09-27T22:53:21-0400

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