Single-balloon-assisted colonoscopy in patients with previously failed colonoscopy

Chris Teshima, Huseyin Aktas, J Haringsma, Ernst Kuipers, PBF Mensink

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Background: Despite advances in training and equipment, complete colonoscopy fails, even in experienced hands, in up to 10% of cases. Double-balloon endoscopy (DBE) has been successfully used to complete colonoscopy in these patients. Single-balloon endoscopy (SBE) has become established for small-bowel enteroscopy. However, it has yet to be studied for use in colonoscopy. Objective: To assess the efficacy, performance, and safety of single-balloon colonoscopy. Design: Prospective cohort study. Setting: Academic tertiary referral center. Patients: Patients with previously failed conventional colonoscopy. Results: 23 single-balloon colonoscopy procedures were performed in 22 patients: median age 53 (range 19-75) years; 14 females, 8 males. SBE colonoscopy succeeded in cecal intubation in 22 (96%) procedures, with a median total procedure time of 30 (range 20-60) minutes. SBE colonoscopy was normal in 9 cases but resulted in a positive diagnosis in 13 (57%) procedures, including polyps (n = 6), active Crohn's disease (n = 4), Crohn's-related stricture (n = 1), and diverticulosis (n = 2). Seven (30%) procedures were therapeutic including 1 case with balloon dilation and 6 cases with polypectomy. No complications were encountered. Limitations: Limited sample size, no direct comparison with double-balloon endoscopy. Conclusions: Single-balloon assisted colonoscopy seems a safe and effective method for completing colonoscopy in patients with previously failed or difficult colonoscopy. The outcomes are similar compared with previous studies with DBE colonoscopy in this patient group.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1319-1323
Number of pages5
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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