Single-balloon push-and-pull enteroscopy system: does it work? A single-center, 3-year experience.

Maria Elena Riccioni, Riccardo Urgesi, Rossella Cianci, Cristiano Spada, Enrico Celestino Nista, Guido Costamagna

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BACKGROUND: The last decade has seen significant advances in the evaluation of the small bowel. Several endoscopic techniques have been developed in recent years: capsule endoscopy (CE), double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE), and, more recently, the single-balloon enteroscopy (SBE). The aim of this study was to evaluate diagnostic and therapeutic impact, safety, and feasibility of the SBE procedure after a 3-year experience. METHODS: A total of 73 SBE procedures were performed from July 2006 to July 2009. The starting insertion route (oral or anal) of SBE was chosen according to the estimated location of the suspected lesions based on the clinical presentation and, in 48 patients, on the findings of CE. A total of 70 patients with obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (31), suspected malabsorption syndrome (12), polyposis syndromes (11), suspected Crohn's disease (9), and suspected gastrointestinal tumors (7) were recruited. RESULTS: The SBE was not carried out in four patients because of technical problems. Multiple angiodysplasias were found and treated in 9 patients; Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), and multiple polypectomies were carried out in 8 patients; endoscopic tattoos were performed in 2 patients due to the large diameter of the polyps; and multiple biopsies was performed in only one patient. SBE diagnosed Crohn's disease in four patients, malabsorption syndromes in two, lymphangiectasia in two, eosinophilic enteritis in one, melanoma in one, and nonspecific inflammation in eight. A total of seven small-bowel tumors were diagnosed (all were tattooed). In 23/70 patients the exam was negative. No major complications occurred. CONCLUSION: Single-balloon enteroscopy seems to be safe, useful, and highly effective in the diagnosis and therapy of several small-bowel diseases
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)3050-3056
Numero di pagine7
RivistaSurgical Endoscopy
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011


  • push-pull enteroscopy
  • single balloon enteroscopy


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