Enteroscopy & Procedure Instructions

Enteroscopy (also known as push enteroscopy) is a procedure that allows for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the upper small intestine. Enteroscopy reaches further into the small intestine than standard upper endoscopy (EGD). It may be used in the diagnosis and management of several different types of digestive conditions. This test might be ordered after other tests, such as colonoscopy, X-ray or barium tests, showed possible problems in the digestive system or did not reveal the reason for symptoms, such as bleeding.

The enteroscope is a long, flexible tube with a camera on the end that is inserted through the mouth, down into the esophagus and stomach, and into the duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine). With the use of the enteroscope, your doctor can see the inside of your digestive tract, including the stomach and small intestine, and take one or more small pieces of tissue (a biopsy) for study. It may also be possible to administer therapy, such as removing a polyp.

Complications after an enteroscopy are rare. There are, however, some adverse effects that may occur after having the test, which should resolve within a couple days. These can include abdominal cramps, abdominal bloating, minor bleeding from any biopsy site(s), nausea and sore throat.

Note: The information in this section is provided as a supplement to information discussed with your healthcare provider. It is not intended to serve as a complete description of a particular topic or substitute for a clinic visit.