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Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP)

  • What is Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP)?

    Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure used to visualise the bile duct and pancreas by producing detailed x-ray images. It uses a very long and flexible tube called an endoscope. The endoscope is carefully inserted through the mouth, into the stomach and to the duodenum (first part of the small intestine). The endoscope is then used to locate the papilla (opening) of the bile duct that empties into the duodenum. A small plastic tube is then passed down the endoscope through the papilla to reach the bile duct and the pancreatic duct. A small amount of dye is then injected into the ducts to allow x-ray images to be captured.

  • Your doctor might recommend an ERCP to assess and treat your symptoms and conditions. Your symptoms might include jaundice (yellowish skin and eyes) and upper abdominal pain. ERCP is also used if the doctor suspects the presence of bile duct stones, tumours in the bile duct, liver or pancreas, and if the bile duct or the pancreatic duct is blocked. ERCP is also used before and after gall bladder surgery to advise and monitor the surgical procedure.

  • At Parkway East Hospital, you can look forward to receive treatment in a warm and comforting environment. Our friendly staff and specialists are here to see you through each step of your journey towards recovery.

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