Why do I need an ERCP?
You have been referred for an ERCP to deliver treatment to treat conditions that affect your bile ducts. These conditions can cause abdominal pain, sepsis, jaundice, and/or pancreatitis. Usually a scan has been performed (ultrasound, CT or MRI). Typical conditions requiring an ERCP to deliver treatment:
• A retained or recently passed gallstone in the common bile duct (CBD). Requiring a cut to the opening of the bile duct (sphincterotomy), removal of stone, and/or a plastic stent insertion (a tube to keep open the bile duct).
• A narrowing of the bile duct caused by cancer, or a benign cause such as inflammation or scar tissue. Requiring insertion of a plastic or metal stent.
• A change of stent due to potential or actual blockage.
• A removal of a stent that is no longer required.