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ERCP is a diagnostic procedure used to examine the biliary tree (the gallbladder, bile and pancreatic ducts). ERCP combines X-ray and endoscopy, allowing your physician to obtain high-quality images of the anatomy.
Your doctor may use this procedure to identify any strictures (narrowing) in your bile and pancreatic ducts and to biopsy abnormalities and gallstones.
Before your ERCP:
On the day of the procedure, arrive at the endoscopy suite approximately one to two hours before your procedure. A responsible adult should accompany you in order to take you home. You will register and give your medical history.
During the procedure, your doctor:
After you recover from the effects of the medication, your doctor will discuss the results with you.