Enteroclysis

Enteroclysis is a visual exam of the small intestine. The exam is done using technique called fluoroscopy. This involves using an x-ray unit with a camera and a screen.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Inability to pass gas or stool

    If you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Enteroclysis is a visual exam of the small intestine. The exam is done using technique called fluoroscopy. This involves using an x-ray unit with a camera and a screen.

    The Intestines
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Enteroclysis is used to examine and diagnose conditions that affect the small intestine, such as:

    • Obstruction in the small intestine

    • Inflammatory bowel disease (such as,
      Crohn’s disease
      )
    • Gastrointestinal bleeding
    • Malabsorption
    • Polyps
    • Tumors
    • Changes that have happened due to surgery (such as, scar tissue)

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare. However, all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Allergic reaction to the contrast dye-a chemical used to make images clearer
    • Injury to the small intestines
    • Bleeding

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Smoking
    • Treatment with certain medicines (such as, aspirin or other blood-thinning drugs)

    Talk to your doctor about these risks before the procedure.