ERCP is a special endoscopy method used in the diagnosis and treatment of biliary tract and pancreatic diseases, abbreviated by using the initials of the words endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. In this method, a special endoscopy device called a duodenoscope with a lighted camera system at the end is entered through the mouth, and the esophagus and stomach are passed through. Imaging is provided with a device called C-arm and using X-rays. After the diagnosis is made, some treatments for the disease can be applied if necessary.
It is sufficient for the patient to fast for at least 6-8 hours before the procedure. Before the procedure, patients should inform the doctor about their diseases, especially the blood thinners they use, and the drugs they are allergic to. Procedure held under sedation and takes in average 30-60 minutes to complete.
In Which Situations Is ERCP Applied?
ERCP is most commonly used to remove stones that fall into the biliary tract. Apart from this, it can be used in cases such as the treatment of benign or malignant diseases of the biliary tract and pancreatic duct with balloon or stent, and the treatment of bile leaks after gallbladder operations.
As an alternative to ERCP, in some cases, percutaneous trans hepatic cholangiography (a procedure performed by visualizing the bile ducts inside and outside the liver by entering the skin) and surgical methods can be applied. However, the application of surgical methods in this region involves some difficulties and requires a longer hospital stay compared to ERCP.
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