Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a diagnostic procedure that is used to diagnose and treat diseases of the bile and pancreatic ducts.
Bile and pancreatic juices support digestion. Bile ducts carry bile from the liver to the gall bladder and small intestine. The ducts merge into a common bile duct that empties into the small intestine.
Pancreatic ducts transport pancreatic juice from the pancreas to the small intestine. Small pancreatic ducts empty into the main pancreatic duct that leads into the small intestine.
ERCP uses a combination of X-rays, endoscopy and injectable dyes to visualise organs and vessels clearly. During the procedure, your doctor will use a catheter, a thin flexible tube equipped with a light and camera. Your doctor can use the catheter to:
ERCP may be recommended to diagnose, assess and treat symptoms or conditions such as:
ERCP is also used before and after gall bladder surgery to better plan the surgical procedure and monitor outcomes.
ERCP is a safe procedure. However some uncommon, but potential complications include:
Potential risks vary, based on your health and pre-existing conditions. Our doctors will review your medical history to carefully assess your suitability for the procedure.
Parkway East Hospital is the preferred private hospital for residents on the eastern coast of Singapore.
With a comprehensive range of medical specialties and services, our dedicated team of doctors and nurses are here to support you in your ERCP.