Recurrent intestinal bleeding treated by double-balloon endoscopy in haemodialysis patients

Osamu Yamazaki, Norio Hanafusa, Atsuo Yamada, Eisei Noiri, Toshiro Fujita

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Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a common and troublesome complication of end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Patients often have various lesions in the small bowel and in either upper or lower GI tracts. Recently developed double-balloon endoscopy (DBE) enables observation of the entire small intestine through a combination of anterograde and retrograde approaches. Moreover, DBE is useful not only for diagnosis of small intestinal lesions; it provides a mode of treating the disease. This article presents patients with several small intestinal diseases from our facility. Their bleeding sources were identified using DBE. We also report two representative cases of angiodysplasia that had been diagnosed and treated successfully using DBE. One case particularly underscored the usefulness of the combination of capsule endoscopy (CE) and DBE as an electively diagnostic approach for patients with GI bleeding. Small intestinal bleeding is often observable repeatedly in a single patient, as described for case 1. In such circumstances, DBE can treat the lesions successfully without surgical procedures. In this report, ESRD patients, in whom comorbid conditions made it difficult to perform surgical procedures, receive great benefit from DBE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-472
Number of pages4
JournalNDT Plus
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • angiodysplasia
  • capsule endoscopy
  • double-balloon endoscopy
  • end-stage renal disease
  • gastrointestinal bleeding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation


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