Intest Res.  2008 Jun;6(1):31-36.

The Usefulness of Double Balloon Enteroscopy for Diagnosis and Treatment of Small Bowel Diseases

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Hangang Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


BACKGROUND/AIMS: Double balloon eneterscopy is a promising endoscopic method to examine the entire small bowel and to conduct therapeutic procedures. This study was performed to evaluate the clinical outcome and usefulness of double balloon enteroscopy. METHODS: We enrolled patients with suspected small bowel disease. Double balloon enteroscopy was performed in 61 patients and 89 procedures were undetaken between August 2004 and October 2007 at Hangang Sacred Heart Hospital. RESULTS: Indications for double balloon enteroscopy were obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, chronic abdominal pain or diarrhea and the presence of a suspicious small bowel tumor. Double balloon enteroscopy contributed to the diagnosis of small bowel diseases in 82.0% of patients. In 46 patients (75.4%), specific treatments were influenced by the results of double balloon enteroscopy. There were no significant complications. CONCLUSIONS: Double balloon enteroscopy is one of the most useful methods for the diagnosis and treatment of small bowel disease.


Double Balloon Enteroscopy; Intestine, Small; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
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