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Pancreatic Stent Placement

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about pancreatic stent placement?

A stent is a small tube used to widen a pancreatic duct and keep it open. Pancreatic fluid normally flows through the ducts. Smaller ducts empty fluid into the main duct. A stent can help treat a narrow, blocked, or leaking duct, or drain extra fluid. One or more stents may be placed before certain procedures to prevent pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Pancreatic stent placement may be done during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).


How do I prepare for stent placement?

What will happen during stent placement?

What should I expect after stent placement?

What are the risks of pancreatic stent placement?

The endoscope or tools may damage your pancreas or the duct. The stent may move out of place or block the duct. The stent may become stuck in your small bowel. The procedure may not work and you may need to have another stent placed.

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