Double-balloon enteroscopy-assisted dilatation avoids surgery for small bowel strictures: A systematic review.

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Double-balloon enteroscopy-assisted dilatation avoids surgery for small bowel strictures: A systematic review.

World J Gastroenterol. 2017 Dec 07;23(45):8073-8081

Authors: Baars JE, Theyventhiran R, Aepli P, Saxena P, Kaffes AJ

Abstract
AIM: To evaluate the therapeutic role of double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) in small bowel strictures and to propose a standard approach to small bowel strictures.
METHODS: Systematic review of studies involving DBE in patients with small bowel strictures. Only studies limited to small bowel strictures were included and those with ileo-colonic strictures were excluded.
RESULTS: In total 13 studies were included, in which 310 patients were dilated. The average follow-up time was 31.8 mo per patient. The complication rate was 4.8% per patient and 2.6% per dilatation. Surgery was avoided in 80% of patients. After the first dilatation, 46% were treated with re-dilatation and only 17% required surgery.
CONCLUSION: DBE-assisted dilatation avoids surgery in 80% of patients with small bowel strictures and is safe and effective. We propose a standardized approach to small bowel strictures.

PMID: 29259383 [PubMed – in process]

PubMed Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29259383?dopt=Abstract