Post written by Shaffer R. S. Mok, MD, MBS, from Cooper University Hospital.
The present fund of knowledge available for the prevention of pancreatitis after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is growing. With available data evaluating rectal indomethacin and early studies assessing lactated ringer’s (LR) infusion, we felt it necessary to study the combination of these therapies for the prevention of post-ERCP pancreatitis.
Despite existing data regarding lactated ringer’s infusion to prevent post-ERCP pancreatitis, the present preventative fluid strategies do not fit the endoscopy unit workflow in the United States. We felt it important not only to evaluate the combination of indomethacin with LR, but also to validate preventative measure that were more applicable to the endoscopists in the US. Therefore, we tested a fluid strategy involving 1 liter infused prior to ERCP.
Our study was a randomized, prospective, double-blinded placebo controlled trial of 196 patients undergoing ERCP at a tertiary care center. All subjects were at high risk for post-ERCP pancreatitis, either by demographic or endoscopic characteristics. There were an equal number of pancreatic stents placed in all groups. Patients were randomized to undergo preventative strategies with normal saline with placebo, normal saline with indomethacin, LR with placebo, or LR with indomethacin. When comparing our groups, we found that LR with indomethacin led to lower rates of post-ERCP pancreatitis and readmission when compared with normal saline with placebo.
Our hope is that this simple strategy of LR with indomethacin prior to ERCP will improve the safety of ERCP for both the advanced endoscopist and their patients.
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