You may need ERCP to find the cause of unexplained abdominal pain or yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice). It may be used to get more information if you have pancreatitis or cancer of the liver, pancreas, or bile ducts.
Other things that may be found with ERCP include:
Your healthcare provider may have other reasons to recommend an ERCP.
You may want to ask your healthcare provider about the amount of radiation used during the test. Also ask about the risks as they apply to you.
Consider writing down all X-rays you get, including past scans and X-rays for other health reasons. Show this list to your provider. The risks of radiation exposure may be tied to the number of X-rays you have over time.
If you are pregnant or think you could be, tell your healthcare provider. Radiation exposure during pregnancy may lead to birth defects.
Tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to or sensitive to medicines, contrast dyes, iodine, or latex.
Some possible complications may include:
You may not be able to have ERCP if:
There may be other risks depend based on your condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider before the procedure.
Recommendations for ERCP preparation include the following:
An ERCP may be done on an outpatient basis or as part of your stay in a hospital. Procedures may vary based on your condition and your healthcare provider's practices.
Generally, an ERCP follows this process:
After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital room or discharged home. If this procedure was done as an outpatient, plan to have someone drive you home.
You will not be allowed to eat or drink anything until your gag reflex has returned. You may have a sore throat and pain with swallowing for a few days. This is normal.
Many times, a rectal suppository of a certain medicine is given after the ERCP to decrease the risk of pancreatitis.
You may go back to your usual diet and activities after the procedure, unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following:
Your healthcare provider may give you other instructions after the procedure, based on your situation.
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