- Pancreatitis - usually postoperative day 1 - fever, abdominal pain, increased serum amylase
- Atelectasis - usually postoperative day 2 - fever, abnormal chest X-ray
- Cholangitis - usually postoperative day 3 - fever,jaundice
- Bilious drainage - usually postoperative day 3-7 - duodenal leak
- Wound infection - postoperative day 4-7 - fever, increased WBC, tender red wound
- Pulmonary embolus - postoperative day 7-10 - shortness of breath
- Gastrointestinal bleeding may occur from the sphincteroplasty site
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