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World J Clin Cases. Dec 26, 2018; 6(16): 1073-1086
Published online Dec 26, 2018. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v6.i16.1073
Biliary endoscopic sphincterotomy: Techniques and complications
Aydın Şeref Köksal, Ahmet Tarik Eminler, Erkan Parlak
Aydın Şeref Köksal, Ahmet Tarik Eminler, Department of Gastroenterology, Sakarya University, School of Medicine, Sakarya 54290, Turkey
Erkan Parlak, Department of Gastroenterology, Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, Ankara 41000, Turkey
Author contributions: Köksal AS wrote the paper; Eminler AT collected materials and revised the article; Parlak E revised th article.
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Corresponding author to: Aydın Şeref Köksal, MD, Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Sakarya University, School of Medicine, Korucuk Kampus, Sakarya 54290, Turkey.
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Received: September 26, 2018
Peer-review started: September 28, 2018
First decision: October 18, 2018
Revised: October 20, 2018
Accepted: November 23, 2018
Article in press: November 26, 2018
Published online: December 26, 2018
Core Tip

Core tip: Biliary endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) is an essential procedure of the endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) for the treatment and palliation of a wide spectrum of biliary and papillary diseases. It has some contraindications and complications. The physicians who interested in ERCP must learn the equipments, techniques and the management of the complications of biliary EST. We herein widely review the indications, contraindications and techniques of biliary EST and the management of its complications.