With DBE it is possible to:
Examine parts of the small bowel that are usually difficult to reach
Diagnose and assess small bowel diseases and disorders
Investigate the small bowel when X-rays, barium follow through, enteroclysis, CT or MRI scans show abnormalities
Evaluate the effects of medication on the small bowel e.g. for disorders such as Coeliac or Crohn's disease
Tattoo the small bowel to help localise lesions for surgery when these need to be removed
Perform therapy (treatment)
Treatment or therapy using DBE for a number of conditions is available (unlike capsule endoscopy):
Bleeding from small bowel angioectasias or AV malformations
Removal of foreign objects (e.g. retained capsules) or polyps especially for patients with polyposis syndromes (e.g. Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome or Juvenile Polyposis)
Dilatation of strictures (or stenoses) causing obstruction due to Crohn's disease, surgery or medication (such as NSAIDs)
Placing of feeding tubes (direct jejunostomy)
Tissue biopsies can be taken to help make a diagnosis
 
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The Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy
St Mark's Hospital - Watford Road
Harrow - London - HA1 3UJ
United Kingdom