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

Akyuz U., Akyuz F.

CLINICAL ENDOSCOPY, vol.49, no.2, pp.157-160, 2016 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.5946/ce.2015.036
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.157-160
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


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.