Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

 

What is ERCP?

ERCP is a visual examination of the interior of the pancreas and bile ducts using an instrument called an endoscope. ERCP is a valuable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases of the pancreas, bile ducts, liver, and gallbladder. During this visual examination, your doctor may perform other minor procedures that will benefit you, such as taking a small piece of tissue for biopsy. Please note that biopsies are taken for many reasons and do not necessarily imply cancer.

Prep Instructions

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Planning for the procedure


Following are your instructions for taking medicines and preparing for your procedure. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure a successful exam.


7 days before your ERCP:

1 day before your ERCP:

You may have your normal diet the day before the procedure.


Day of your ERCP:

Stop eating all solid foods 8 hours before your procedure. Clear liquids are acceptable to drink.

 Allowed clear liquids

 Non-clear liquids Not allowed
  • Gatorade, Pedialyte, or Powerade

  • Coffee or tea (no milk or non-dairy creamer)

  • Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks

  • Kool-Aid or other fruit-flavored drinks

  • Apple juice, white cranberry or white grape juice

  • Jell-O, popsicles

  • Chicken, beef or vegetable broth

  • Red or purple items of any kind

  • alcohol

  • Milk or non-dairy creamers

  • Juice with pulp
  • Hard candy
  • Any liquid you cannot see through

2 hours before your procedure:


Bring a list of all of your current medicines with you, including any over-the-counter medicines.



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Michigan Medicine • Medical Procedures Unit • Last revised May 2017