An enteroscopy procedure is a diagnostic examination of the small intestine with an endoscope. The doctor inserts a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope through the mouth or nose and into the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. To view a large part of the small intestine, the doctor might perform a double-balloon enteroscopy. In this procedure, balloons are attached to the endoscope and can be inflated to provide a better view.
Reasons for an Enteroscopy Procedure
Most enteroscopy procedures are performed to help diagnose diseases of the small intestines. Reasons for an enteroscopy are:
- Abnormal x-ray results
- Tumors in the small intestines
- Unexplained diarrhea
- Unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding