July 31, 2016
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Push Endoscopy (cont.)

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What are the advantages of push endoscopy?

Push endoscopy is a useful procedure for examining and delivering therapy in the small intestine. For example, for patients with intermittently bleeding angiodysplasias (clusters of weakened blood vessels) located in the small intestine beyond the reach of a standard upper endoscope, push endoscopy can be helpful in both diagnosing the bleeding site as well as in stopping the bleeding.

What are the limitations of push endoscopy?

Push endoscopy has its limitations. Its reach is still limited and cannot diagnose lesions in the distal small intestine (intestine closer to the colon). The major risks of push endoscopy are the same as other endoscopic procedures, bleeding and perforation of the intestine, either due to passage of the endoscope or the accompanying therapeutic procedures. Because of the use of an overtube, the risk of perforation probably is increased over the risks of an endoscope alone.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

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"Evaluation of suspected small bowel bleeding (formerly obscure gastrointestinal bleeding)"
UpToDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/24/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/push_endoscopy/article.htm

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