Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography?

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is used to treat and diagnose problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. ERCP uses a combination of endoscopy and x-rays. An endoscopy is the use of a special scope with a camera to view your throat, stomach, and upper intestine.

Liver and Gallbladder

Your doctor may advise you to have an ERCP if you are suspected of having one of the following:

  • Blockage of the bile duct
  • Blockage of the pancreatic duct
  • A leaky duct
  • Irritation of the pancreas ( pancreatitis ) or liver (hepatitis)

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an ERCP, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Damage to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, or bile duct
  • Pancreatitis (irritation of the pancreas)
  • Infection
  • Bleeding

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • History of problems with ERCP
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Abnormal anatomy
  • Pregnancy
  • Poor overall health

Call Your Doctor If Any of the Following Occurs

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Nausea and/or vomiting or vomiting blood
  • You develop severe abdominal...
 
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