Clin Endosc.  2016 Mar;49(2):157-160. 10.5946/ce.2015.036.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Capability of Double-Balloon Enteroscopy in Clinical Practice

  • 1Department of Gastroenterology, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Educational and Research Center, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2Department of Gastroenterology, Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey.


Advances in technology have facilitated the common use of small-bowel imaging. Intraoperative enteroscopy was the gold standard method for small-bowel imaging. However, noninvasive capsule endoscopy and invasive balloon enteroscopy are currently the main endoscopic procedures that are routinely used for small-bowel pathologies, and the indications for both techniques are similar. Although obstruction is a contraindication for capsule endoscopy, it is not considered to be problematic for double-balloon enteroscopy. The most important advantage of double-balloon enteroscopy is the applicability of therapeutic interventions during the procedure; however, double-balloon enteroscopy has certain advantages as well as disadvantages.


Double-balloon enteroscopy; Small bowel
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