Glossary

Please find a list of explanations of terms used in my blog like URQ, ERCP etc

URQ – Upper right quadrant

UC – Ulcerative Colitis affects about 1 in 420 people or about 153,000 in the UK

PSC – Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis is an auto immune liver disease that affects about 1 in 16,000 people, that’s just 4,000 people in the entire UK. There is currently no known treatment or cure for the disease and I believe that it is the only liver disease where no prognosis can be given. It appears that no two sufferers are the same and most of the time it is diagnosed by accident when treating other conditions, like gallstones, as it was with me.

ERCP – Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatopathy – is a procedure that uses an endoscope and X-rays to look at the bile duct and the pancreatic duct. ERCP can also be used to remove gallstones or take small samples of tissue for analysis (a biopsy).

MRCP – Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatopathy – is a scan that uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to produce pictures of the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas.