Endoscopic therapy for chronic pancreatitis

Surg Clin North Am. 2001 Apr;81(2):421-30. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6109(05)70130-4.


Endoscopic therapy for chronic pancreatitis is feasible and effective in selected patients. The management of pain and ductal obstruction is most effective if reversal of the obstructive process--stricture or stone--is successful and durable. Multiple endoscopic modalities are available, and new technologies will continue to advance the capabilities of therapeutic pancreatic endoscopists. Adjunctive treatments, such as ESWL, enhance the success of these techniques. These varied therapies, although attractive and theoretically sensible, have not been compared in a randomized, controlled fashion with standard surgical therapies. In this sense, they remain experimental. Nonetheless, these techniques are widely applied in advanced endoscopy centers worldwide, and uncontrolled individual series are expected to continue to expound on and demonstrate the effectiveness of these minimally invasive interventions until randomized, prospective studies become available.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cholestasis / etiology
  • Chronic Disease
  • Duodenal Obstruction / etiology
  • Endoscopy, Digestive System
  • Humans
  • Lithiasis / therapy
  • Pancreatic Diseases / therapy
  • Pancreatitis / complications
  • Pancreatitis / therapy*