Enteroscopy is a digestive system evaluation technique without using any incision. It is also used to treat digestive system problems. During an enteroscopy, an endoscope (thin flexible tube) with a camera is inserted into your body. The endoscope has one or two balloons which can be inflated to help in a better view of your digestive system part – esophagus, stomach, and a part of the small intestine. A tissue sample for analysis may be also taken out during enteroscopy.
Enteroscopy are of two types – upper and lower. In an upper enteroscopy, the endoscope is inserted into the mouth while in a lower it is inserted into the rectum. The type of enteroscopy depends on the kind of complication to be diagnosed.
Done under sedation, it takes between 45 min- two hours to complete the procedure. After he procedure you may experience some abdominal bloating, sore throat, nausea, minor bleeding or mild cramping.
When is Enteroscopy done?
It is used to detect problems in the small intestine or stomach. You may be suggested enteroscopy in case of below symptoms:
- Unexplained severe diarrhea
- High WBC count
- Tumors in the small intestine
- Abnormal gastrointestinal bleeding
- Blocked bowel passages
- Unexplained malnutrition
- Intestinal damage from radiation treatment
- Abnormal X-ray results
Risks of Enteroscopy
- Reaction to anesthesia
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