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What Results Can You Expect From ERCP?

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Following your procedure, your doctor will have useful information about your liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and pancreatic and bile ducts.
It is possible that your doctor may find that all of these organs and ducts are basically normal and don't require any treatment plans.
If a biopsy or cytology are taken, the results are usually available in 4-7 days. Be assured that your doctor's decision to take a biopsy or cytology does not necessarily mean that cancer is suspected. Biopsies of the digestive tract are routinely taken to investigate other problems such as inflammation and ulcers.
If a problem is found and not treated during the procedure, it may require additional treatment. Your doctor will discuss these findings with you along with treatment alternatives or choices. You and your doctor can decide on a treatment plan that will benefit you most at this stage in your life.
ERCP is a very reliable and accurate test to see and diagnose many problems. However, it is possible for some problems to be missed, despite its reliability and accuracy. So, it is important to always communicate with your doctor about any symptoms that you have after this procedure.
It is also possible that in certain situations, the procedure may need to be stopped before it is completed.
If you have any questions about your particular situation, you and your doctor can discuss your expected results. It is important that your expectations match your doctor's expectations.
 

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