Published online Jun 21, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i23.3665
Revised: March 30, 2013
Accepted: May 16, 2013
Published online: June 21, 2013
Core tip: This was a single-center study with a large sample size of patients who underwent 440 consecutive double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) examinations. The detection rates of various tumors, location of the lesions, histological analyses and reasons for DBE were evaluated. Differences in the rates of detecting small bowel tumors between abdominal computed tomography, capsule endoscopy and DBE were compared. Based on the operation results, we analyzed the accuracy of DBE for locating neoplasms in addition to its positive biopsy rate. DBE’s high clinical practice value indicated that it should be considered as the gold standard for small bowel tumors.