Q: 44 year old male is admitted to ICU with fever, sepsis and get diagnosed with acute cholingitis. GI service has been called for emergent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Which one request you will make to GI service while performing ERCP?
Answer: To send cultures obtained from bile (or stents) removed at ERCP to help direct antibiotic therapy. E. coli is the most common bug followed by Klebsiella and Enterobacter species.
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