How is the small bowel visualized in the diagnosis and treatment of lower gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding (LGIB)?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Small bowel visualization techniques include (1) wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE), (2) push enteroscopy, (3) enteroclysis, and (4) double-balloon enteroscopy. Although no consensus exists on which modality to use initially, WCE is increasingly being employed as the test of choice for small bowel bleeding.

Endoscopy has diagnostic and therapeutic importance in children for conditions including solitary rectal ulcer syndrome, polyps, vascular lesions, and colonic inflammation and ulceration. [58]


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