1206 - Single Balloon Enteroscopy System for Obscure GI Bleeding (Small Bowel)

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Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

For single-balloon enteroscopy, a 200-centimetre-long flexible endoscope is fitted with an over-tube that slides over the endoscope. The tip of the over-tube has a balloon. When the balloon is blown up it anchors the over-tube within the small bowel and allows the endoscope to move deeper. Withdrawing the over-tube makes the bowel shorter and straighter, allowing the endoscope to move forward. With the balloon deflated, the over-tube can be inserted further and the endoscope advanced again. The enteroscope works the same as a standard endoscope, allowing the intestine to be fully viewed, inflated with air, rinsed with water, and perform biopsies or therapeutic procedures. Single-balloon enteroscopy can be performed by either the oral or anal route and needs the same preparation as standard endoscopy.

Description of Medical Condition

The medical conditions most commonly diagnosed and managed by single-balloon enteroscopy are associated with bleeding that is either known or suspected to be coming from the small bowel and include blood vessel malformations, ulcers, polyps and tumours of the small bowel. Other less common diseases of the small bowel can also be diagnosed and/or managed using this procedure.

Reason for Application


Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

13 - 14 December 2012
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Assessment Report

Final Assessment Report (PDF 405 KB)
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Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 74 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 86 KB)

Meetings for this Application


13 - 14 December 2012


10 - 11 October 2013


28 - 29 November 2013