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Starship Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP)

A flexible tube with a tiny video camera attached (endoscope) is inserted through the mouth into the stomach and small intestine while your child is under anaesthesia sedation.  This is a rare examination in children.  A smaller tube is then moved through the first tube into the bile duct (the tube that connects your child's gallbladder to the intestines) through which dye is injected and an x-ray is taken to visualise the ducts. This procedure also enables the removal of stones from the ducts without the need for surgery.

This page was last updated at 3:37PM on September 4, 2018.