What is ECRP?
An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is used to diagnose and treat bile duct cancer, as well as some cancers of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas.
In an ERCP, we pass a long, flexible, lighted tube (called an endoscope) into the first part of the small intestine. A catheter is then passed through the scope and we use a small amount of contrast dye to highlight the bile ducts in the pancreas as X-rays are taken.
ERCP for pancreatic cancer
We use ERCP for pancreatic cancer to remove samples of cells or fluid to be viewed under a microscope, to relieve an obstruction of the bile duct, or to place a stent into a narrowed duct to help keep it open.
- SpyGlassTM: The SpyGlass endoscope has a fiber-optic probe attached to a camera, which allows us to identify obstructions in the bile duct.