Endoscopy 2006; 38(1): 82-85
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-921179
Case Report
© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Acute Pancreatitis after Double-Balloon Enteroscopy: An Old Pathogenetic Theory Revisited as a Result of Using a New Endoscopic Tool

M.  J.  M.  Groenen1 , T.  G.  G.  Moreels1 , H.  Orlent2 , J.  Haringsma1 , E.  J.  Kuipers1
  • 1Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, AZ Sint-Jan AV, Bruges, Belgium
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Publication History

Submitted 1 August 2005

Accepted after revision 1 November 2005

Publication Date:
23 January 2006 (online)

Double-balloon enteroscopy is a novel technique for visualizing the entire small bowel. Complications have been reported relatively rarely in the small series published up until now. In this report we describe two patients who developed acute pancreatitis immediately after double-balloon enteroscopy, diagnosed on clinical, biochemical, and radiological grounds. In both patients the pancreatitis resolved with supportive care. Based on early studies on the pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis, we discuss the possible pathogenetic mechanism for pancreatitis arising as a complication of this novel endoscopic technique.


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M. J. M. Groenen, M. D.

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology · Erasmus MC

Dr. Molewaterplein 40 · 3015 GD Rotterdam · The Netherlands

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Email: mgroenen@knmg.nl