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

– Infection

– Bleeding

One may feel bloated after the procedure. This will subside after 2-3 days.

For pregnant women, radiation exposure may lead to birth defects.