An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure that combines the use of an endoscopeendoscopeA thin, tube-like instrument with a light and lens used to examine or treat organs or structures in the body. (a thin, lighted flexible tube) and x-rays to examine the ducts that drain the pancreas, liver and gallbladder.
An ERCP may be done to:
ERCP is usually done as an outpatient procedure in the x-ray department of a hospital. An ERCP usually takes 30–60 minutes, followed by 1–2 hours in the recovery room.
During the ERCP:
Potential side effects of having an ERCP may include:
An ERCP can show:
The doctor will decide whether further tests, procedures, follow-up care or additional treatment is needed.