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Clin Endosc. 2016 Mar;49(2):157-160. English. Review. https://doi.org/10.5946/ce.2015.036
Akyuz U , Akyuz F .
Department of Gastroenterology, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Educational and Research Center, Istanbul, Turkey. umitakyuz@yahoo.com
Department of Gastroenterology, Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey.
Abstract

Advances in technology have facilitated the common use of small-bowel imaging. Intraoperative enteroscopy was the gold standard method for small-bowel imaging. However, noninvasive capsule endoscopy and invasive balloon enteroscopy are currently the main endoscopic procedures that are routinely used for small-bowel pathologies, and the indications for both techniques are similar. Although obstruction is a contraindication for capsule endoscopy, it is not considered to be problematic for double-balloon enteroscopy. The most important advantage of double-balloon enteroscopy is the applicability of therapeutic interventions during the procedure; however, double-balloon enteroscopy has certain advantages as well as disadvantages.

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