What are the risks of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)?

ERCP is usually a safe procedure. In some cases, there is a small risk of bleeding or perforation of the intestine. There may also be a risk of inflammation of the pancreas or infection.

For older and vulnerable patients, there can be a risk of pneumonia. Radiation exposure during pregnancy (due to the use of X-rays) can also pose a risk to an unborn child.

Is ERCP a high-risk procedure?

ERCP is not a high-risk procedure. However, there is a small risk that the patient could develop one of the complications mentioned.

Can an endoscopy detect pancreas problems?

ERCP is used to diagnose and treat problems with the biliary system. This includes the:

  • liver
  • gallbladder
  • biliary tree
  • pancreas
  • pancreatic ducts
  • bile ducts.

Can ERCP cause death?

ERCP can complicate other health issues. While it is a safe procedure, there is a very small risk that it could result in death due to other complications.

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