ERCP stands for Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, is an endoscopic procedure performed with duodenoendoscope to examine and treat a specific finding within either the pancreatic duct or biliary tree or bile duct. This procedure helps your doctor make critical decisions concerning your health.
• obstructive jaundice
• suspicion of injury to bile duct
• undetermined biliary stenosis and suspected biliary duct tumors
• Sphinter of Oddi dysfunction
Preparing for ERCP is very important:
The upper GI tract must be empty, no eating or drinking is allowed for 8 hours before ERCP;
Medications maybe restricted prior to and after ERCP, this will be determined by your doctor with particular attention given to patients who have hypertension diabetes who take blood thinner medications or who have bleeding disorders;
After ERCP, you will need someone else to drive you home.