WHAT IS AN ERCP, AND WHY DO WE DO IT?
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography is a procedure which combines upper endoscopy and x-rays to treat problems of the bile and pancreatic ducts.
The ERCP is used when it is suspected a person’s bile or pancreatic ducts may be narrowed or blocked due to:
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- Duct valves (sphincters) don’t open properly
- Gallstones that may get stuck in the bile duct
- Inflammation due to trauma or illness, such as inflammation or pancreatitis