Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP)
Why It Is Done
ERCP is done to:
- Check persistent abdominal pain or Reference jaundice Opens New Window.
- Find Reference gallstones Opens New Window or diseases of the liver, bile ducts, or pancreas.
- Remove gallstones from the common bile duct if they are causing a problem such as blockage (obstruction), inflammation or infection of the common bile duct (cholangitis), or Reference pancreatitis Opens New Window.
- Open a narrowed bile duct or insert a drain.
- Get a tissue sample for further testing (biopsy).
- Measure the pressure inside the bile ducts (manometry).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 8, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology