ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography)

What is an ERCP? (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography)

This procedure is performed under x-ray control. The examination is performed using a long flexible instrument which is about the width of your index finger. It is passed through your mouth and advanced into your stomach and duodenum (first part of the small bowel).

The doctor injects dye into a small drainage hole (papilla) in the duodenum to take detailed x-rays. This allows the doctor to identify problems and give treatment where necessary.

The test can take between 15 and 45 minutes to complete. The test can be uncomfortable and even painful at times, you will be given conscious sedation and pain relief to help you during the procedure.