Double-Balloon Enteroscopy

Also known as: DBE, double bubble, push-pull enteroscopy.

What is double-balloon enteroscopy?

A double-balloon enteroscopy is a procedure used to look for problems in the intestines. It involves two balloons that are inserted into the intestine with a special endoscope.

What happens during the procedure?

The two balloons allow the physicians to alternate inflating and deflating the balloons sequentially in order to work them further into the intestines. The two-balloon approach allows deeper access to the intestines compared to other diagnostic procedures.

Is any special preparation needed?

You may need to avoid food, drink or medication for a set period of time before the procedure. You may also need to have an enema in order to rid the intestines of their contents before the procedure.

What are the risk factors?

Bleeding, infection or perforation of surrounding tissue are potential complications of double-balloon enteroscopy.

Reviewed by: Carrie Firestone Baum, MD

This page was last updated on: April 06, 2021 10:13 AM

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