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ERCP For Pancreatic Cancer

How does ERCP help diagnose pancreatic cancer?

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  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) allows the physician to visualize the bile and pancreatic ducts. The study is most often performed when a patient exhibits symptoms of jaundice, which can indicate presence of a mass narrowing or blocking the ducts.

    If a blockage, or stricture, is found, the physician can intervene by placing a stent into the obstructed duct. A stent is a device that helps hold the duct open to allow bile and pancreatic juices to flow properly.
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