Double balloon enteroscopy for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease
Pediatrics International, 05/15/2012
Uchida K et al. – The present study demonstrated that double balloon enteroscopy (DBE) is a safe and effective procedure in the case of limited number of pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
A total of 106 DBE procedures in 67 patients were performed at Mie University Hospital from January 2008 to June 2011.
Of these, 17 procedures in 12 children and adolescents with established or suspected Crohn's disease (CD) were included in this study.
The mean age was 12.9 years old (range, 3–19 years).
Patients 15 years old or younger had general anesthesia.
The procedures included the oral approach (n=9), the anal approach (n=4), and the ileostomal approach (n=4).
The mean procedure duration was 60 min.
In all patients with established CD, it is very useful to select the medical or surgical modalities on therapeutic decision-making.
The procedure tolerance was acceptable and recovery was uneventful in all cases. No serious complications were encountered in series.
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