Double balloon enteroscopy: Bangladesh experience
Double balloon enteroscopy (DBE) is a newly developed endoscopic modality for diagnosis and treatment of small bowel disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic and therapeutic impact of DBE in patient with suspected small bowel disease. This was a prospective study. Sixty one double balloon enteroscopy procedures (30 antegrade 31 retrograde) were done in thirty six patients(20M/16F, mean age 40±12.5 range 16-65 years ) at gastroenterology department, Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka between October 2011 and September 2012. Indications for DBE included chronic abdominal pain 14(38.9%), obscure GI bleeding 11(30.56%), Small bowel obstruction 05(13.89%), and chronic diarrhea 06(16.67%). The morphologic findings were ulcerations 13(36.11%), growth 03(8.33%), vascular ectasia 03(8.33%) and polyp 01(2.78%). Therapeutic interventions were performed in one patient only. No serious complications were observed. Diagnostic yields in case of chronic abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, obscure GI bleeding and small bowel obstruction were 50%, 66%, 63% and 40% respectively. The findings were adenocarcinoma 04(11%), lymphoma 03(8.4%), tuberculosis 03(8.4%), non specific findings 05(13.9%), IPSID 01(2.8%), crohns disease 01(2.8%), vascular ectasia 03(8.33%) and normal 16(44.44%). DBE is well tolerated, feasible and useful technique for the diagnosis as well as treatment of small intestinal disorders.
Bangladesh Med Res Counc Bull 2013; 39: 116-119
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