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Clin Endosc. 2016 Mar;49(2):157-160. English. Review.
Akyuz U , Akyuz F .
Department of Gastroenterology, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Educational and Research Center, Istanbul, Turkey.
Department of Gastroenterology, Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey.

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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