SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT WITH BALLOON DILATATION USING A DOUBLE-BALLOON ENTEROSCOPE FOR A STRICTURE IN THE SMALL BOWEL OF A PATIENT WITH CROHN'S DISEASE

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Abstract

The requirement for endoscopic access to a stricture is a major limitation of the endoscopic dilatation for the treatment of strictures in the gastrointestinal tract. We have developed the double-balloon enteroscopy method that enables visualization of the entire small bowel. In addition, double-balloon enteroscopy has a potential for the interventional therapy including dilatation of strictures. We present here a case of jejunal strictures in a 47-year-old woman with Crohn's disease successfully treated with a balloon catheter in combination with double-balloon enteroscopy. Balloon dilation with double-balloon enteroscopy is a promising method for the treatment of small bowel strictures in Crohn's disease.

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