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Digital Pancreaticocholangioscopy for Mapping of Pancreaticobiliary Neoplasia

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In patients with pancreaticobiliary lesions anticipating surgical resection, digital pancreaticocholangioscopy can be used to identify the extent of disease. This presurgical“mapping” could change the surgical plan and optimize patient care.

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Patients with pancreaticobiliary lesions anticipating surgery who underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography with digital pancreaticocholangioscopy from 9 international centers were included. Primary outcome was whether pancreaticocholangioscopy altered the surgical plan. Secondary outcome was correlation between surgical and endoscopic histology and adverse events.


A total of 118 patients were included (64% male, mean age 69 y): cholangioscopy in 105 patients (89%), pancreatoscopy in 13 patients (11%). Pancreaticocholangioscopy changed the surgical plan in 39 (34%) of patients: 8 of 13 in the pancreatic duct, 32 of 105 in the bile duct. In the bile duct, 6 patients (5%) had less extensive surgery, 26 patients (25%) avoided surgery. In the pancreatic duct, 4 patients (31%) had more extensive surgery and 4 patients (31%) had less extensive surgery. Four patients with downstaged surgery had positive margins on surgical resection; 1 required additional surgical intervention. Overall correlation between endoscopy and surgical histology was 88%. Adverse events included post endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography pancreatitis in 3 patients (2.5%).


Digital pancreaticocholangioscopy can be effectively used as a mapping tool to delineate the degree of involvement of biliary lesions before surgical resection, in some cases altering the surgical plan. Prospective studies are needed, especially when downstaging surgery.
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Keywords: SpyGlass; biliary duct; cholangioscopy; mapping; pancreatic duct; pancreaticocholangioscopy; pancreatoscopy; surgery

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Weill Cornell Medical Center 2: Department of Gastroenterology, Houston Medical Center, Houston 3: Department of Gastroenterology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 4: Department of Gastroenterology, Karolinska Institut, Stockholm, Sweden 5: Department of Gastroenterology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 6: Department of Gastroenterology, Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island 7: Department of Gastroenterology, North Shore LIJ, Long Island 8: Department of Gastroenterology, Methodist, Dallas, TX 9: Department of Gastroenterology, SoonChunHyang University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea 10: Department of Gastroenterology, CUMC, New York 11: Department of Gastroenterology, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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