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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Qurrat-ul-ain Abid, M.D.[2] Parminder Dhingra, M.D. [3]


Other diagnostic studies for small intestine cancer include enteroscopy, capsule endoscopy and double balloon enteroscopy, which can directly visualize intestinal mucosa and take pictures through cameras. It can directly show tumor in the muscosa of intestinal wall and surrounding area.

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Capsule endoscopy:

  • In this procedure, the patient is not detected with an actual endoscope but with a capsule (about the size of a large vitamin pill).
  • Endoscope contains a light source and a very small camera.
  • After swallowing, the capsule goes through the small intestine for a period of 8 hours.
  • It takes thousands of pictures which can be downloaded onto a computer to analyze.

Double balloon enteroscopy

  • This is a newer way of looking at the small intestine. At first the patient need to anesthesia.
  • This technology makes the doctor to see the intestine a foot at a time and even take a biopsy if something abnormal.


  1. Zhao Z, Guan X, Chen Y, Wang X (January 2017). "[Progression of diagnosis and treatment in primary malignant small bowel tumor]". Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke Za Zhi (in Chinese). 20 (1): 117–120. PMID 28105627.
  2. Bartel MJ, Stark ME, Lukens FJ (November 2014). "Clinical Review of Small-Bowel Endoscopic Imaging". Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 10 (11): 718–726. PMC 5395713. PMID 28435408.