Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
Pronounced: en-doh-SKAH-pik REH-troh-grayd koh-LAN-jee-oh-PANG-kree-uh-TAH-gruh-feeEn Español (Spanish Version)
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
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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)
Last reviewedDecember 2011by Daus Mahnke, MD
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