The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Endoscopic transluminal pancreatic necrosectomy.

  • Description

    The pancreas produces juices that help to digest food. These digestive juices can attack the pancreas itself for example, if the tube that normally takes the juices to the gut becomes blocked, causing swelling of the pancreas and severe pain in the abdomen (acute pancreatitis). A serious complication of acute pancreatitis is pancreatic necrosis, which typically requires removal of the dead tissue, either by aspiration or open surgery. This procedure (transluminal endoscopic pancreatic necrosectomy) is an alternative treatment option. A thin telescope (called an endoscope) is inserted through the mouth, and, instruments are passed through the stomach wall, in order to wash out and remove the dead tissue.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    The appropriate OPCS-4.6 codes are:


    J57.6 Pancreatic necrosectomy

    Y76.3 Endoscopic approach to other body cavity or Y76.4 Endoscopic ultrasound approach to other body cavity

    The NHS Classifications Service of NHS Connecting for Health is the central definitive source for clinical coding guidance and determines the coding standards associated with the classifications (OPCS-4 and ICD-10) to be used across the NHS.   The NHS Classifications Service and NICE work collaboratively to ensure the most appropriate classification codes are provided.

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