Double-balloon enteroscopy and small bowel tumors: a South-European single-center experience.

Abstract:

:Small bowel tumors are rare, accounting for 1-2% of all gastrointestinal neoplasms. We sought to determine the diagnostic and therapeutic impact of double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) in patients with small bowel tumors. Between January 2005 and March 2008, 78 patients underwent 96 DBE. All nine patients (seven males; mean age 68 +/- 11.3 years) with small bowel tumors were retrospectively reviewed. Clinical presentation was: mid-gastrointestinal bleeding or iron-deficient anemia (55.6%); abdominal pain (22.2%); nausea/vomiting and abdominal distension (22.2%). Five patients had abnormal findings in previous capsule endoscopy and four in previous radiologic examinations. Route of insertion was exclusively oral and abnormal lesions were detected in all patients (jejunum 8; ileum 1). Biopsies were taken in seven patients and provided definitive histological diagnosis in all except one. There were no complications of DBE. Surgical resection took place in eight patients. Final histologic diagnosis were: primary carcinoma (33.3%), gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) (33.3%), malignant lymphoma (22.2%), and carcinoid tumor (11.1%). Mean follow-up time was 15.4 +/- 12.7 months (range 2-34 months). Six patients were submitted to chemotherapy. Two patients died. Small bowel tumors are common in patients submitted to DBE. Given its safety and diagnostic capabilities, DBE should be considered the gold-standard method in the study of these neoplasms.

journal_name

Dig Dis Sci

authors

Almeida N,Figueiredo P,Lopes S,Gouveia H,Leitão MC

doi

10.1007/s10620-008-0512-7

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2009-07-01 00:00:00

pages

1520-4

issue

7

eissn

0163-2116

issn

1573-2568

journal_volume

54

pub_type

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