What if I was injured by an ERCP procedure? If this is something that you are asking, it is probably because you were injured in an ERCP procedure, and you want to know if it is possible for you to receive compensation for your injury.
You may be able to receive compensation for your injury, but you will need the assistance of a personal injury attorney in order to get the compensation that you deserve. The best thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Bile and pancreatic ducts
An ERCP procedure is a procedure that allows your doctor to examine your bile and pancreatic ducts. A lighted, bendable tube referred to as a duodenoscope, which is about as thick as your index finger, is inserted through your mouth into your stomach and the first part of your small intestine, which is the duodenum.
Once in your duodenum, a small opening called an ampulla is found. Then, a small plastic tube (cannula) is placed in the duodenoscope and down into the opening in your duodenum. Contrast material (dye) is injected through the tube, and X-rays are taken to study your bile and pancreatic ducts.
An ERCP procedure may be done if you are experiencing weight loss, abdominal pain or jaundice (yellowing of your skin). It may also be performed if a CT scan or ultrasound has revealed a mass or stones in your bile and/or pancreatic ducts.
The purpose of an ERCP procedure is to diagnose and treat disorders of your bile ducts or pancreas. An ERCP procedure is performed to help evaluate signs and symptoms that may be an indication of conditions in these organs or to clarify abnormal results from imaging tests or blood tests.
An ERCP procedure may also be performed before or after gallbladder surgery to help with that procedure. An ERCP procedure can diagnose and remove bile duct stones, as well as diagnosing and treating complications that result from gallbladder surgery.
The problem is that recent infections and deaths have been linked to deadly “superbug” bacteria at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in California. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has investigated what caused the infection to spread.
The object responsible for spreading the infection was a specific duodenoscope, the TJF-Q180V model that is made by Olympus. The FDA also investigated Pentax and Fujifilm Medical Systems and found that there duodenoscopes also had problems of harboring bacteria.
Due to the fact that other outbreaks have occurred, the FDA has warned that some duodenoscopes may pose a safety hazard. The reason for this is because they are nearly impossible to sterilize between uses.
Once again, you may have been injured as a result of having an ERCP procedure, and you believe that you deserve to be compensated for your injury. As mentioned earlier, the best thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Please do not delay. It is far too important to you and your family.
Article written by James Shugart
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