What is the role of ERCP in the diagnosis and management of Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is helpful as a diagnostic procedure and a therapeutic tool in patients with sclerosing cholangitis and biliary stricture formation. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) may provide equally valuable information without invasive complications. A dominant biliary stricture may benefit from balloon dilation, stent placement, or both, though the latter is controversial in the management of primary sclerosing cholangitis.


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