From India: Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Lithotripsy, Endoscopy Beneficial for Pancreatitis

For patients with chronic pancreatitis and intraductal stones, combined extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL) and endoscopic retrograde pancreatography (ERP) provides pain relief at 12 weeks, according to a study published online May 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Rupjyoti Talukdar, M.D., from the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Hyderabad, India, and colleagues examined the pain-relieving effect of pancreatic duct decompression in 106 patients with chronic pancreatitis and intraductal stones. Combined ESWL and ERP were compared to sham procedures (52 and 54 patients, respectively); the primary end point was pain relief at 12 weeks.

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