Double Balloon Enteroscopy (DBE)

  • Double balloon enteroscopy (DBE), also known as "push-pull enteroscopy" or the "double-bubble", is a new endoscopic technique that allows pan-enteric (complete) examination of the small bowel.
  • DBE was originally developed in Japan in 2001 and is now performed by many gastroenterologists throughout the world.
  • DBE is a complimentary technique to small bowel capsule endoscopy. Often abnormalities found at capsule endoscopy are investigated by DBE since DBE can take biopsies or perform treatment which capsule endoscopy cannot do.
  • DBE and capsule endoscopy in combination are two of the most powerful, non-invasive and easy ways to investigate the small bowel. Both tests are associated with minimal discomfort and a very low complication rate.
  • Depending on the indication, DBE may offer patients an alternative to surgery.

Double Balloon Enteroscopy Oral:

Double Balloon Enteroscopy is a state-of-the-art method for visual examination of the small intestine, using a lighted, flexible video endoscope. You will be sedated with medication and your throat will be anesthetized with a spray. A small flexible tube will be gently passed down your throat and into your stomach, extending to your small intestine which will be carefully examined.

Double Balloon Enteroscopy Rectal:

Double Balloon Enteroscopy is a state-of-the-art method for visual examination of the small intestine. You will be sedated with medication. The small flexible tube will be gently passed through your rectum, and the entire colon proceeding into the small intestine. The small intestine will be carefully examined.

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