Long-term results of combined ESWL and ERCP treatment of chronic calcific pancreatitis

Taija Korpela, Marianne Udd, Andrea Tenca, Outi Lindström, Jorma Halttunen, Sanna Myrskysalo, Arto Mikkola, Leena Kylänpää

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Objective Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) combined with endotherapy (ET) is the standard treatment for pancreatic duct stones (PDS) in chronic pancreatitis (CP). Our aim was to report the short- and long-term results of ESWL and ET. Material and methods Consecutively treated 83 patients with symptomatic PDS using ESWL and ET. Success was defined (i) technically: PDS fragmentation and clearance obtained and (ii) clinically: improvement/resolution of pain. To get information on quality of life, we conducted a phone survey whereby we contacted 64 (89%) patients. The long-term results are presented in those patients with ≥2 years follow-up. Results Treated PDS with median size of 10 (5–25) mm were located in the head, body, or the tail of the pancreas in 78, 4, and 1 patients, respectively. The primary results were that technical success was achieved in 69 patients (83%) and clinical success in 66 patients (80%). Fourteen patients had technical failure, but eight of them became free of pain. Thus, clinical success can be considered to have been achieved in 74 of 83 patients (89%). In patients with persistent pseudocyst (PC) at the time of ESWL (n = 19), the PC disappeared in a year in 14 patients (74%). The long-term results were obtained from 61 (73%) ESWL- and ET-treated patients. The median follow-up for them was 53 months (range: 24–124) and 57 patients (93%) became pain-free or had less pain. Conclusions For patients with CP and PDS ESWL combined with ET is an effective and safe treatment giving favorable long-term results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Feb 22 2016


  • Endotherapy
  • lithotripsy
  • pancreatic calculi
  • pancreatic duct stones
  • shockwave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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