ERCP

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure carried out by a

Gastroenterologist

to diagnose and treat problems in the 

liver

gallbladder

,

bile ducts

and 

pancreas

. These include gallstones, scars tissue, leaks from injury and surgery, and

cancer

. The inside of the stomach and duodenum is viewed through an

endoscope

and dye is injected into the bile ducts and pancreas so they can be seen on an

X-ray

. If the exam shows a gallstone or narrowing of the ducts, instruments can be inserted into the endoscope to remove or relieve the obstruction with a

stent

. Also,

tissue samples

(biopsy) can be taken for further testing.

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