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Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure that uses an endoscope to identify bile duct stones, gallstones, tumors or other issues in your upper digestive tract. ERCP uses endoscopy and radiology to allow your physician to diagnose and treat conditions in your liver, biliary system and pancreas.

You may need an ERCP if you show signs of:

  • Bile duct blockage
  • Bile duct infections
  • Jaundice
  • Pancreatitis

These signs can be seen in your blood work, through symptoms or by X-ray or upper Gastrointestinal X-ray.

At Indiana University Health, we also use ERCP in many therapeutic ways to assist with other endoscopic or interventional procedures. When needed, ERCP can be used to:

  • Take biopsies
  • Clarify anomalies seen on imaging tests
  • Deliver treatments

When you undergo an ERCP, you are sedated with anesthesia for the 30- to 90-minute study. An endoscope is guided down your throat, into your esophagus, through your stomach and to the opening of your small intestine. The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis.

Our affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology sets us apart from other centers as we work within a multidisciplinary program to coordinate your care with expert surgeons, radiologists, radio-oncologists and medical oncologists. Our excellent outcomes and expertise make us a referral center for ERCP procedures that have failed elsewhere.

We are involved in ongoing research to learn how to:

  • Minimize post-ERCP pancreatitis
  • Develop new methods to assess and treat blocked bile ducts
  • Manage biliary strictures and Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction

Our clinical outcomes combined with our research findings help ensure you and future patients receive the most innovative treatment methods available. 

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Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Treatment Information

At IU Health, we deliver leading edge therapeutic options on a daily basis.

Procedures that use endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography include but are not limited to:


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