Physician Compares Spiral and Single-Balloon Enteroscopy

In an article published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Andrew Ross, MD, reflects on studies comparing the use of spiral enteroscopy and single-balloon enteroscopy in gastroenterology.

In one study, researchers compared outcomes, including diagnostic yield, examination time, complications and maximal depth of insertion, for patients that underwent spiral and single-balloon enteroscopy. Results showed no different in diagnostic yield of examination duration between the two procedures. Spiral enteroscopy demonstrated a greater depth of maximal insertion than single-balloon enteroscopy. The author, however, points out that neither procedure was performed via retrograde approach and that the study was not a prospective, randomized trial.

In conclusion, Dr. Ross says the question of which system to purchase for deep small-bowel endoscopy remains a mystery, as there is still not sufficient data to support any one modality.

Read the article about spiral and single-balloon enteroscopy.

Read other coverage about GI procedures:

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- Survey: 70% of Americans Over Age 50 Fear Colonoscopy

- State of Gastroenterology and Quality: Q&A With Dr. Ralph McKibbin of Allegheny Regional Endoscopy Center

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