What are the advantages and disadvantages of enteroscopy for evaluation 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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Although WCE is used as the initial test for small bowel visualization, some experts recommend push enteroscopy as the initial study because of its therapeutic capability. Push enteroscopy is performed with a pediatric colonoscope or a dedicated enteroscope, and once the bleeding site is visualized, it can be treated or tattooed. The main disadvantage of push enteroscopy is that it generally reaches only the proximal 60 cm of the jejunum; bleeding sites beyond that cannot be detected.


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