The use of upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopes has revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, and colon (large intestine). The last remaining frontier in the intestines has been the small intestine. Wireless capsule endoscopy allows physicians to visualize the inside of the intestines from the esophagus through to the colon, but capsule endoscopy has limitations, the most notable of which are the inability to control the capsule's passage and to perform therapeutic interventions, such as biopsy and electrocautery.
The single-balloon enteroscope (SBE) system was developed in 2006 and was introduced into the commercial market in 2007. It is easier to use respect to double-balloon enteroscope, avoiding attaching the enteroscope balloon to the distal tip of the scope encountered and the requirement of inflating and deflating two balloons.
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