ERCP

ERCP IconEndoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a critical, life-saving and highly technical endoscopic procedure. The procedure helps to diagnose and treat problems in the bile duct and pancreatic ducts, such as stones, narrowing (called strictures) and blockages. ERCP uses an endoscope to look at, and inject dye into, the duodenum, pancreas, bile ducts and gallbladder.

 

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Duodenoscope Infections

A growing number of antibiotic-resistant infections have been reported following use of a specialized medical device called a duodenoscope, which is used in the advanced procedure endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP. The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Center for GI Innovation and Technology convened a meeting, "Getting to Zero," with experts in gastroenterology, epidemiology and infectious disease; the endoscope manufacturers Fuji and Pentax; and representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ECRI Institute to discuss how to prevent these infections.

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FDA Safety Communication: Design of ERCP Duodenoscopes May Impede Effective Cleaning

Video Update

Dr. Michael Kochman, chair of the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology, provides an important update on this issue and discusses AGA's plans to develop short- and long-term solutions to address the proper cleansing of duodenoscopes.

Manage Your Practice

Manage your practice with useful resources and practice improvement tools including CPT, HCPCS, ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes that are commonly used for GI procedures.

2014 CPT Coding Updates Manual (PDF)

Upper GI Endoscopy Quick Reference & Crosswalk Chart 

Educate Your Patients

AGA provides patient guides, books and other resources to help your patients understand the procedures they are about to undergo.

Five Important Facts About Duodenoscopes & "Superbug" Contamination

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