Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
ERCP is a diagnostic procedure using a combination of both X-rays and an endoscope to detect and treat diseases of the liver, gallbladder, biliary system and pancreas . This enables the doctor to see the inside and check for problems.
Gastroenterologists use this procedure to find out:
- The cause of unexplained abdominal pain
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes
- More information on pancreatitis and cancer related to liver or pancreas or bile ducts.
- Blockages or stones in the bile ducts or pancreatic ducts
- Fluid leakage or infection or tumors at the bile or pancreatic ducts
You need to disclose if you ever had a reaction to any contrast dye, or if you are allergic to iodine and fasting for 6-8 hours prior to the procedure should be followed
On case-to-case basis the duration of the procedure may vary between 30 min and 90 min.
Gastroscopy is a safe procedure and complications rarely occur during the procedure.
ERCP is considered as a low risk procedure. However, the procedure may bring some complications, such as:
– Perforation (tear in the gut wall)
– Inflammation of the pancreas or gallbladder
– Reaction to sedation
One may feel bloated after the procedure. This will subside after 2-3 days.
For pregnant women, radiation exposure may lead to birth defects.