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ERCP

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is an advanced procedure that is used to diagnose and treat many diseases of the pancreas, bile ducts, liver and gallbladder. ERCP combines the use of x-rays and an endoscope, which is a long, flexible tube with a lighted video camera. Through the endoscope, we can see the inside of the stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum). A contrast dye is then injected to delineate the ducts on x-ray films and uncover any abnormalities. In addition, tissue or fluid samples may be obtained for laboratory analysis.Why is ERCP performed?

  • To detect bile duct obstructions in and around the liver and gallbladder - such as tumors, stones and abnormal narrowing that may be causing pain and jaundice (yellowing of the skin).
  • To diagnose or to rule out cancer of the pancreas
  • To determine the cause of ongoing pancreatic inflammation.
  • To remove bile duct stones, dilate narrow ducts, unblock obstruction and open the muscular ring where the common bile duct enters the small intestine.