Expert Video - When is ERCP used?

Physicians discuss how ERCP is used as a therapeutic procedure when patient complaints or laboratory findings indicate problems in the bile and pancreatic duct. It is commonly used to bypass obstructions or remove stones, but is also used to remove or treat tumors, infections, inflammation, scarring, fluid or tissue debris. ERCP is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, but can also be performed when the patient is in the hospital for an emergency problem, for example in cases of cholangitis or gallstone pancreatitits.

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