The liver is probably the most under romanticised internal organ given the fact that it is constantly at work, among the vanguards of our digestive system.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure to treat complications of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. However, a rather stubborn shroud of myths clouds this otherwise simple procedure

ERCP is a painful and complicated procedure that requires prolonged hospital stay

Nothing could be further from the truth. ERCP is generally carried out either in the hospital’s endoscopy or ambulatory surgery centres. It is a fairly simple outpatient procedure where one doesn’t have to stay overnight too

ERCP is a superfluous procedure

In fact, ERCP is usually performed when other tests cannot detect pancreatic lesions or when signs of jaundice are visible


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ERCPs can aid cure and diagnosis through biopsies, and empower the surgeon to probe whether the pancreatic or bile ducts are slimmed or constricted by a tumor or something else

ERCPs also direct healing in cases where the bile duct is jammed by cancer resulting in jaundice helping surgeons decide whether surgery is necessary and the further course of action too

Stent placement during an ERCP is an ideal way of arresting jaundice that has been caused by a blockage of the bile duct as it is less invasive than surgery

Diagnostic Procedures
  • Strictures of Bile Duct
  • Malignancy of Bile Duct
  • Pancreatic Duct Stone
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Therapeutic Procedures
  • Biopsy of Tumors
  • Endoscopic Bilateral Stenting
  • Pancreatic Stenting
  • Metallic Stenting
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Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure to treat complications of the liver, bile ducts, and pancreas.


Using a thin, flexible tube called the upper endoscope through which the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum can be viewed using a TV monitor.


It actually is quite a simple procedure that doesn’t even always necessitate hospitalization whereby an endoscope is inserted into the anal opening.

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