Single-balloon enteroscopy: results from an initial experience at a U.S. tertiary-care center.

Frantz DJ, Dellon ES, Grimm IS, Morgan DR
Gastrointest Endosc. 2010 72 (2): 422-6

PMID: 20541189 · PMCID: PMC4751863 · DOI:10.1016/j.gie.2010.03.1117

BACKGROUND - Single-balloon enteroscopy (SBE) is a novel, deep-enteroscopy modality for diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the small bowel.

OBJECTIVE - The aim of the study was to examine the performance, yield, and safety of SBE in the initial experience at a tertiary-care center.

DESIGN - Retrospective analysis of all SBEs during a 10-month period in 2008. Data were extracted from electronic clinical and endoscopy records.

SETTING - U.S. tertiary-care center.

PATIENTS - All patients referred to our center for SBE during the study period were included in the current analysis.


MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS - Anterograde SBE procedure time, diagnostic yield, and complications.

RESULTS - Thirty-eight anterograde SBEs were performed. The mean patient age was 62 years (42% female). Patients were referred for GI bleeding (97%), Crohn's disease, suspected polyps or neoplasia, and abnormal capsule endoscopy results. The mean (+/- SD) procedure time was 49 +/- 19 minutes. The estimated depth of insertion was proximal jejunum (34%), mid-jejunum (45%), and distal jejunum (21%). The SBE diagnostic yield was 47%, with significant findings in 18 patients. Findings included angiectasias, bleeding, abnormal mucosa, ulceration, polyps, and a foreign body. The therapeutic yield was 42%, with lesion ablation performed in 24% of cases. Diagnostic biopsies were performed in 24% of cases and tattooing in 52%. There were no significant complications.

LIMITATIONS - Single-center, retrospective study.

CONCLUSION - Single-balloon enteroscopy appears to be a safe and efficient method for examination of the mid-small bowel. The significant therapeutic yield (42%) suggests that comparative studies with double-balloon and spiral enteroscopy are warranted.

Copyright 2010 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Adult Aged Aged, 80 and over Catheterization Endoscopes, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Equipment Design Female Follow-Up Studies Hospitals, University Humans Jejunal Diseases Male Middle Aged North Carolina Referral and Consultation Reproducibility of Results Retrospective Studies Young Adult

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