Original ArticlesCan Early ‘Shallow’ Needle-knife Papillotomy be the First Choice in ERCP?Kalayci, Mustafa U. MD; Altintas, Tansu MDAuthor Information Department of General Surgery, University of Health Sciences, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul 34000, Turkey The author declares no conflicts of interest. Reprints: Tansu Altintas, MD, Atakent Mahallesi, Tema Istanbul, Evleri 20/C Blok Daire: 26, Istanbul, Turkey (e-mail: [email protected]). Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques: April 2020 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - p 180-182 doi: 10.1097/SLE.0000000000000688 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose: Needle-knife sphincterotomy, known as ‘precut’ is recommended as the second option in the case of difficult cannulation due to its potential higher complication (bleeding and perforation) rates. The aim of this study was to present our experience on early shallow needle-knife papillotomy (eSNKP) as the first-line choice independently of standard technique with or without difficult cannulation. Materials and Methods: A total of 70 patients underwent therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. A standard eSNKP and guidewire cannulation technique was routinely preferred as a first-line intervention. Deep biliary cannulation rate and timing were recorded, as well as intraoperative and postoperative complication rates. Results: Successful deep biliary cannulation was performed in 66 (94.3%) patients during the first procedure. In 4 patients (5.7%), the procedure was terminated due to failed cannulation and repeated successfully after 72 hours. Minor complications were observed in 3 (4.3%) patients. No mortality was seen. Conclusion: eSNKP is a safe, time-saving, and effective technique as the first-line of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography for common bile duct cannulation. Copyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.