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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.
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)
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)
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- History of problems with ERCP
- Bleeding disorders
- Abnormal anatomy
- 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...