AnERCP is a procedure that can help diagnose and treat bile and Pancreatic duct problems.

The procedure uses X-rays and endoscopy. A camera is inserted into your stomach during ecstasy.

If you have symptoms such as jaundice or unexplained abdominal pain, you may be able to get a doctor to recommend a procedure called erythropoietin.

Read on to learn more about when an ERCP may be needed, what to expect during the procedure, and potential risks.

ERCP is used to diagnose and treat problems with your bile or pancreatic ducts. ERCP has high rates of complications compared with other less invasive diagnostic tools such as magnetic resonance cholangiography or ultrasound.

Doctors recommend the treatment of the problem at the same time as it is diagnosed.

Your bile and pancreatic ducts lead from your gall bladder and pancreas respectively to the upper part of your small intestines called your duodenum. The most common reason your doctor may recommend ERCP is if they suspect these ducts are blocked.

Conditions that can cause blockages in these ducts include:

An ERCP is performed by a gastroenterologist or general surgeon at a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office. You’ll likely be told that you need to stop eating or drinking at least 6 hours before your procedure.

Your surgeon will talk to you about the risks and benefits of your surgery. They may give you a prescription to take the morning before your procedure to avoid taking blood thinners and other drugs.

It’s important to follow your surgeons’ instructions carefully and to tell them if you’re allergic to shellfish or iodine.

General procedure

The procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours. Here’s an idea of what you can expect.

  1. An IV line is placed into your arm to help you relax.
  2. You will be given a spray for the back of your throat or a liquid to gargle. General anesthesia is given to some people.
  3. The surgeon will insert the endoscope into your throat, stomach, and small intestines after you lie on the examination table. Your surgeon will be able to see the video from the endoscope. The air will be pumped in by the endoscope.
  4. Your doctor will find out where your bile and Pancreatic ducts connect.
  5. They will insert a catheter through the endoscope into your ducts.
  6. A contrast dye will be inserted through the catheter to make the ducts appear more obvious.
  7. The surgeon will use the endoscopy to treat the problems.

Stone removal

ERCP is most commonly used to remove They have gallstones. from your bile duct or stones from your pancreatic duct.


A muscular valve around the opening of your ducts is widened in a sphincterotomy. Your small intestines are controlled by your sphincter of Oddi.

Stent placement

A blocked passageway can be opened with a device implanted into your ducts. Stents can be used to treat leaks.

After your procedure

You’ll likely stay at the hospital or clinic for 1 or 2 hours after your procedure while the sedation and anesthetic wear off. Some people need to stay overnight.

Minor side effects such as nausea, and a sore throat are normal for a short time after your procedure. When you can swallow normally, you can return to your normal diet.

“You won’t be able to drive for 24 hours after your procedure, so it’s important to arrange a ride ahead of time.”

ERCP is the method of choice for most cases of bile duct obstruction and many other bile duct conditions. Success rates vary based on the specific reason why ERCP is performed.

According to the authors of a 2020 study, ERCP has about a 90 percent success rate in children, which is similar to or slightly lower than in adults.

Complications occur in about 5 to 10 percent of ERCPs. Serious complications occur in 3 to 5 percent and as many as 15 percent of high-risk people.

Potential problems include:

  • There is a problem with pancreatitis.
  • It is an infectious diseases of your bile ducts. or gallbladder
  • excessive bleeding
  • reaction to sedative
  • One of your ducts or small intestines is damaged.
  • There is tissue damage from X-rays.
  • death (rarely, in about 0.11 percent of cases)

When to seek medical help

If you develop any of the symptoms after your procedure, you should get emergency medical attention.

The procedure that is used to treat and diagnose bile or Pancreatic ducts is called the erythropoietical correlation procedure. Doctors use it when they expect to be able to treat the problem at the same time they diagnose it, because it has higher rates of complications than other diagnostic tools.

If you are interested in an ERCP, your doctor can help you figure it out. They can talk to you about what to expect.