Gastroenterologists perform endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to diagnose and treat problems found in the ducts of the pancreas and gallbladder. Pancreatic ducts and bile ducts are tube structures that carry fluids in the digestive system to help break down food.
ERCP is most commonly used to diagnose or treat patients who may have a narrowed or blocked pancreatic duct or bile duct due to:
- Pancreatitis or other inflammations due to illness or trauma
- Scarring known as sclerosis
- Buildup of tissue or debris
ERCP can also be used to monitor chronic jaundice, to get a tissue sample or to insert a drain.
ERCP combines the use of a lighted scope called an endoscope and X-rays to examine the pancreatic ducts and bile ducts. In instances where an abnormal growth or an obstruction is found in the ducts, instruments are inserted through the endoscope to biopsy tissue or open up the blockage.Get a free Quote