Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
|Liver and Gallbladder|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Blockage of the bile duct
- Blockage of the pancreatic duct
- A leaky duct
- Irritation of the pancreas or liver
- Damage to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, or bile duct
- History of problems with ERCP
- Bleeding disorders
- Abnormal anatomy
- Poor overall health
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do not eat for 8-12 hours before the procedure.
- If you have diabetes, discuss your medications with your doctor.
- Arrange for transportation after the procedure. You should not drive for 24 hours after the procedure.
- Inform your doctor if you have had previous allergic reactions to contrast material.
- Your throat may be sprayed with a medicine to make it numb.
- You will be given IV medications to help you relax.
- If your doctor thinks your ERCP will take a long time, you may have general anesthesia. You will be asleep.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
Call Your Doctor If Any of the Following Occurs
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Nausea and/or vomiting or vomiting blood
- Severe abdominal pain
- Black, tar-like stools or bloody stools
Gastro—American Gastroenterological Association http://www.gastro.org
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy http://www.asge.org
Canadian Digestive Health Foundation http://www.cdhf.ca
HealthLink BC http://www.healthlinkbc.ca
Cohen S, Bacon BR, et al. National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference Statement: ERCP for diagnosis and therapy, January 14-16, 2002. Gastrointest Endosc. 2002 Dec;56(6):803-809.
ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography). National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/diagnostic-tests/ercp/Pages/diagnostic-test.aspx. Updated June 29, 2012. Accessed May 30, 2013.
Therapeutic ERCP. American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy website. Available at: http://www.asge.org/patients/patients.aspx?id=398. Accessed May 30, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/18/2013 -
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