What is the role of small bowel enteroclysis in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Apr 10, 2020
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Small bowel enteroclysis differs from a small bowel series in that a nasoenteric or oroenteric tube is placed and contrast material is instilled directly into the small intestine. This is usually performed when fine detail of the intestinal mucosa is required or the distal small intestine is not adequately seen on the small bowel series owing to dilution of the contrast agent as it passes through the (usually dilated) small bowel. This has been supplanted for the most part by computed tomography (CT) enterography.


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