ERCP - Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
 
 

ERCP - Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography

An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, commonly known as an ERCP, examines the bile ducts. Bile ducts transport bile, fluid that helps with digestion. An endoscope, a tube with a tiny camera, is inserted through the mouth and goes down into the esophagus and stomach until it reaches the small intestine. Special dyes are inserted into the endoscope and X-rays are taken. The dyes and X-rays help to locate any tumors, stones and narrow areas in the bile ducts. ERCPs may be done to widen and enlarge the bile ducts, take out or break up gallstones, diagnose conditions, take out tissue samples or drain obstructed areas.

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