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How can endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography help in the diagnosis of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)?

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A procedure called an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) lets your doctor see your bile and pancreatic ducts. You’ll get medicine to make you go to sleep. The doctor will put a small flexible tube with a light and camera on the end into your mouth. It slides through your body to your ducts. Then your doctor will inject dye into the area and take X-rays to look for problems. ERCP may be used to repair certain problems like a blockage of the ducts.

From: How Is PBC Diagnosed? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Primary biliary cirrhosis: Symptoms," "Primary biliary cirrhosis: Tests and diagnosis."

HealthyWomen: "Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) Diagnosis."

American Liver Foundation: "Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC, previously Primary Biliary Cirrhosis)."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 06, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Primary biliary cirrhosis: Symptoms," "Primary biliary cirrhosis: Tests and diagnosis."

HealthyWomen: "Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) Diagnosis."

American Liver Foundation: "Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC, previously Primary Biliary Cirrhosis)."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 06, 2017

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