What We Treat

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) is a specialized technique for doctors to treat disorders of the liver and pancreas, as well as the bile and pancreatic ducts. A camera, also called an endoscope, allows the specialist to look inside your child’s esophagus, stomach and small intestine and access and treat these disorders. A small opening in your child’s small intestine is identified and a small, plastic tube is passed through the endoscope and into this opening. Dye is injected and X-rays are taken to study the ducts of the pancreas and liver.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Acute, recurrent and chronic pancreatitis
  • Anatomical complications of the pancreas
  • Certain conditions that create jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Common bile duct and pancreatic duct stone removal
  • Complications after liver transplant
  • Pancreatic cysts and pseudocysts
  • Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency
  • Pancreatic trauma

Our Unique Approach

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the only pediatric care facility performing this procedure in Georgia. Our team is led by Dr. Field Willingham, who also serves as Director of Endoscopy in Emory University's Division of Digestive Disease.  Having performed thousands of ERCPs during his career, Dr. Willingham is considered a national leader on the procedure.

Our team combines expertise in pediatric gastroenterology with advanced procedures and technologies to provide outstanding care. We will also design a specific care plan for your child with appropriate, specialized follow up.