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ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)

Illustration showing how a bendable, lighted tube (endoscope) is placed through your mouth and into your stomach and first part of your small intestine to examine your pancreatic and bile ductsAn ERCP is a procedure that allows a doctor to look at your pancreatic and bile ducts, which drain from your pancreas, gallbladder and liver.

It's done using an endoscope (which is a camera on the end of a long thin flexible tube) and X-rays.

It can be used to remove gallstones, look for blockages and take samples of tissue for diagnosis.


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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2021.

See also:

Gallbladder and gallstones

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