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Nurs Times. 2003 May 20-26;99(20):26-7.

The use of endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography.

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Department of Colorectal Surgery, St Thomas' Hospital, London.


Endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography (ERCP) combines endoscopic and radiographic techniques and is carried out to allow detailed examination of the bile ducts, pancreatic duct and gallbladder. It can serve as a diagnostic or therapeutic tool. This article provides an update on the procedure as well as indications and contraindications. The nurse's role in caring for patients undergoing ERCP--which includes preparing them for the procedure, observing them post-ERCP and providing health education for discharge and beyond--is also covered.

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