D.N.B, Diplomate of National Board of Paediatrics, FACG, Fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, FIAP, FIMSA, Fellow, FRCPCH Fellow, M.B.B.S.
Gastroenterologist - Specializes in Ercp Treatment
If your physician wants to examine the status of your pancreatic and bile ducts, he would suggest you take up the endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) test.
It is a thorough procedure where a bendable, lighted tube (endoscope) - which comes around the thickness of your index finger, is inserted via mouth into your stomach as well as into the first part of the small intestine - duodenum.
The duodenum has a small opening called ampulla. A small plastic tube called the cannula is passed through the endoscope into this opening. Now, under the ERCP treatment, a contrast material in the form of dye is injected and X-rays are taken for a thorough review of the pancreatic and liver ducts.
ERCP Test is undertaken by the physician to detect symptoms of certain diseases in pancreas and liver. In addition, it clarifies the reasons when there is abnormality regarding the blood tests results or imaging tests such as ultrasound or CT scan. ERCP test is advised when a patient suffers from abdominal pain, weight loss, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), or an ultrasound or CT scan shows stones or a mass in these organs.
Many times, after ERCP, surgery follows depending on the depth of the cause. ERCP surgery generally takes 30 minutes to 2 hours. You might be asked to stay for sometime in the hospital after the procedure is thoroughly done. However, surgery is not required in many cases and still we can identify abnormalities.
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