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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 16, Issue 3, Pages 178-185

Endoscopic Evaluation of the Small Intestine

Steven J Shields1 and Jacques van Dam2

1Division of Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
2Division of Gastroenterology, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA

Received 11 January 2000; Accepted 26 April 2000

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Technological achievements in the area of endoscope design and development have resulted in instruments capable of advancing beyond the reach of simple gastroscopes. Such instruments, known as enteroscopes, form the bases of small bowel endoscopy. Recent widespread use of enteroscopes have contributed significantly to the understanding of small intestinal pathology and improved the ability to diagnose and treat patients with intestinal bleeding sources.