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Indications and complications of balloon enteroscopy in Southwest of Iran: a 3years cross sectional survey

Gastroenterology & Hepatology: Open Access
Pezhman Alavinejad,1 Farzad Jassemi Zergani,1 Pardis Tarahom,2 Mohammad Amin Najafi2

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Introduction:The advent of capsule endoscopy (CE) and balloon-assisted Enteroscopy has changed the diagnosis and management of small intestine disorders over the past decade. The purpose of this evaluation is to review the findings of small intestine evaluation by Balloon Enteroscopy in Imam Hospital of Ahvaz between 2016 and 2019.

Method:The present study is a descriptive epidemiological study that has been conducted using the files in the archives of Ahvaz Imam Hospital on a cross-sectional basis between 2016 and 2019 on all of the cases referred to this tertiary center to perform balloon Enteroscopy about their indications and any potential complication. A questionnaire containing several sections designed to collect the following data. Part A: (Basic Information) including age, sex, date and type of admission. Part B: (Record of previous diseases and procedures) including general health profile. Part C: (Enteroscopy Process Findings) and Part D: any potential complication.

Results: Overall 42 procedures performed (29 male (69%) and 13 female (31%). The mean age of females (41.96y) was less than males (52.16y). The most common reasons for referring for Enteroscopy was Melena with unknown source (8 cases, 19%) and abdominal pain (6 cases, 14.3%). More than half of the patients (28 cases, 67%) were nonsmoker. The most common findings of Enteroscopy include peptic ulcer disease (PUD) (12 cases, 28.6%), hemorrhage from angiectasia (11 cases, 26.2%), erosive gastritis (9 cases, 21.4%) and small bowel stenosis and atrophy (7 cases, 16.7%). Among the complications after Enteroscopy, only abdominal pain was reported (2 cases, 4.76%).

Conclusion: balloon Enteroscopy is a safe procedure and useful for evaluation of source of obscure bleedings and pain of unknown origin.


balloon enteroscopy, small intestine, obscure bleeding