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Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) at the hospitals of Methodist Health System

ERCP patient education animation

What is ERCP?
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a form of imaging that lets doctors examine the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, stomach, duodenum (the upper intestine) and pancreas.

The procedure combines x-ray imaging with endoscopic imaging. Doctors insert the endoscope (a long, thin, flexible tube with a small light) through the mouth. They can use the endoscope to look inside the body and to inject dyes into the bile ducts and pancreas to make the organs visible on x-rays. Instruments can also be threaded into the endoscope to remove gallstones or other obstructions, or to remove a tissue sample that can be examined under a microscope.

Who needs it?
ERCP may be recommended if you have jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes), unexplained abdominal pain, or blood test results that suggest problems with the
liver or pancreas. The test can uncover conditions such as gallstones, scars on digestive organs, cancer or internal bleeding from trauma or surgery. In some cases, ERCP can also help treat these problems.

Where is this test performed?
ERCP is done by order of the physician. For more information about ERCP at Methodist Health System, call one of the numbers below:

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Methodist Charlton Medical Center 

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center 

Methodist Richardson Medical Center
Center for Digestive Health


The topics and content presented in the animations were provided by an independent source and were not created, edited, or the accuracy confirmed by Methodist in any manner. They are for informational purposes only. They are not intended to be a substitute for medical advice and information provided by your health care provider. Any decision you make regarding your health care options should be made after consulting a qualified physician.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, or any other affiliated institution.

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