Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
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Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography is a procedure that combines upper GI endoscopy and fluoroscopy (X rays) to treat problems of the bile and pancreatic ducts. ERCP is used when it is suspected a person’s bile or pancreatic ducts may be narrowed or blocked. Through the endoscope, the physician can see the inside of the stomach and duodenum, and inject contrast into the ducts and pancreas so they can be seen on radiographs. ERCP can be performed for diagnostic and therapeutic reasons, although the development of safer and relatively non-invasive investigations such as magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) and endoscopic ultrasound, has meant that ERCP is now rarely performed without therapeutic intent.

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