What are potential side effects of ERCP?

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Due to the sedation, you will not be able to drive yourself home after the procedure and should arrange for someone to pick you up. About 5-7% of patients experience pancreatitis after ERCP. While in most cases the pancreatitis is mild, serious pancreatitis can occur. Gastrointestinal bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to the sedative anesthesia are other, rare complications associated with ERCP. Some patients may be allergic to the contrast dye used to visualize the ducts. If you have any known allergies to contrast dyes, iodine, or shellfish, you should alert your physician before undergoing the procedure.

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