Transpancreatic Sphincterotomy Is Effective and Safe in Expert Hands on the Short Term

Dániel Pécsi, Nelli Farkas, Péter Hegyi, Péter Varjú, Zsolt Szakács, Anna Fábián, Gábor Varga, Zoltán Rakonczay, Emese Réka Bálint, Bálint Erőss, József Czimmer, Zoltán Szepes, Áron Vincze

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In cases of difficult biliary cannulation, transpancreatic sphincterotomy (TPS) can be an alternative approach of biliary access. However, its success and safety profile have not been studied in detail. A systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to study the overall cannulation success and adverse events of TPS. These outcomes were also compared to other advanced cannulation methods. A systematic literature search was conducted to find all relevant articles containing data on TPS. Successful biliary cannulation and complications rates [post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP), bleeding, and perforation rates] were compared in the pooled analyses of prospective comparative studies. The overall outcomes were calculated involving all studies on TPS. TPS was superior compared to needle-knife precut papillotomy (NKPP) and the double-guidewire method (DGW) regarding cannulation success (odds ratio [OR] 2.32; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.37–3.93; and OR 2.72; 95% CI 1.30–5.69, respectively). The rate of PEP did not differ between TPS and NKPP or DGW; however, TPS (only retrospective studies were available for comparison) proved to be worse than needle-knife fistulotomy in this regard (OR 4.62; 95% CI 1.36–15.72). Bleeding and perforation rates were similar among these advanced techniques. There were no data about long-term consequences of TPS. The biliary cannulation rate of TPS is higher than that of the other advanced cannulation techniques, while the safety profile is similar to those. However, no long-term follow-up studies are available on the later consequences of TPS; therefore, such studies are strongly needed for its full evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2429-2444
Number of pages16
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - szept. 15 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Gastroenterology

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Pécsi, D., Farkas, N., Hegyi, P., Varjú, P., Szakács, Z., Fábián, A., Varga, G., Rakonczay, Z., Bálint, E. R., Erőss, B., Czimmer, J., Szepes, Z., & Vincze, Á. (2019). Transpancreatic Sphincterotomy Is Effective and Safe in Expert Hands on the Short Term. Digestive Diseases and Sciences, 64(9), 2429-2444.