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The Use of Balloon-assisted Enteroscopy at a Large Volume Centre: A Retrospective Analysis.

ABSTRACT: Objectives:Balloon-assisted enteroscopy (BAE) is increasingly used for the evaluation of small bowel disorders. We quantified local diagnostic and therapeutic yields of BAE in patients with suspected small bowel diseases. Methods:Adult patients undergoing BAE between January 2010 and July 2015 at McGill University Health Centre were included. Procedures were identified using a prospectively maintained database. Patients were excluded if procedure report was unavailable. Electronic medical records were reviewed. Analyses were restricted to patients who did not have a previous BAE. Results:BAE was performed in 453 patients, including 421 anterograde cases. Patients had a mean age of 61.0 ± 17.5 years. Most common indications for referral were obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB) (n=207, 45.7%), abnormal imaging (n=88, 19.4%), suspected small bowel neoplasia (SBN) (n=39, 8.6%) and Crohn's disease (CD) (n=31, 6.8%). A diagnosis was established in 216 procedures (47.7%). A pre-endoscopic indication of CD (odds ratio [OR]: 3.78; 95% Confidence Interval [CI], 1.60-8.90), OGIB (OR: 3.69, 95% CI, 2.03-6.71), suspected SBN (OR: 2.45; 95% CI, 1.06-5.65) and previous VCE (OR: 9.33; 95% CI, 3.24-26.90) were associated with abnormal findings. A therapeutic procedure was performed in 126 cases (28.3%). OGIB (OR: 7.00; 95% CI, 3.83-12.81), previous video capsule endoscopy (VCE) (OR: 7.86; 95% CI, 2.93-21.04) and suspected SBN (OR: 6.30; 95% CI, 2.58-21.04) were associated with performance of a therapeutic intervention. Complication rate was 1.6%, with bleeding in seven cases and one perforation. Conclusions:In carefully selected patients, such as those with OGIB, Crohn's disease and previous VCE, BAE was a safe procedure that led to the identification of abnormal findings and therapeutic interventions.

PROVIDER: S-EPMC6488007 | BioStudies | 2018-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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