Starship Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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.