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(Anemia general approach)
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  • Clinical Utility of Capsule Endoscopy and Double-Balloon Enteroscopy in the Management of Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding. [Journal Article]
  • DDigestion 2018; 97(1):52-58
  • Otani K, Watanabe T, … Fujiwara Y
  • CONCLUSIONS: CE is a minimally invasive procedure and has a high diagnostic yield in patients with OGIB. DBE offers additional advantage of biopsy collection for pathological diagnosis and therapeutic intervention, but it should be noted that it sometimes causes severe adverse events such as acute pancreatitis, intestinal bleeding, and intestinal perforation. CE should be performed early in the workup course of OGIB. Positive CE findings enhance the diagnostic yield of subsequent DBE, and the effective therapeutic intervention improves the clinical outcomes of OGIB patients. On the contrary, there are no clear guidelines for further investigation of patients with negative CE findings at the present. Although patients in stable general condition may only require follow-up, repeated CE is useful to detect positive findings in patients with evidence of sustained bleeding and progressing anemia. We have revealed that repeated CE has higher positive finding rate than DBE in OGIB patients with negative CE findings in a preliminary study. Key Messages: CE and DBE have complementary roles in the management of OGIB, and the precise timing and proper sequence may be important for the approach to treating OGIB.
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