ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)

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ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, is an endoscopic technique that is used to examine and treat problems in the bile and pancreatic ducts, and the gallbladder.

ERCP is a type of Advanced Endoscopy technique performed by specially trained gastroenterologists or surgeons. An endoscope is placed into the mouth and advanced into the esophagus, stomach, and to the point in the duodenum where the bile duct enters. Contrast dye (radio-opaque material) is injected into the ducts and x-rays are taken.

By examining the ducts in this way, information about blockages, stones, tumours, or irregularities of the ducts can be gathered. If abnormalities are found, A/Prof Pavey can perform techniques to repair or improve the condition. For example, if stones are seen, the papilla can be widened or cut open and stones may be removed from the duct.

A/Prof Pavey is one of eight doctors on the Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE) that assesses and recognises the ERCP training for Gastroenterologists and Surgeons in Australia.