Case Report
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World J Gastrointest Endosc. Oct 16, 2016; 8(18): 679-683
Published online Oct 16, 2016. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v8.i18.679
Balloon-assisted enteroscopy for suspected Meckel’s diverticulum and indefinite diagnostic imaging workup
Guilherme Francisco Gomes, Eduardo Aimore Bonin, Rafael William Noda, Leandro Totti Cavazzola, Thiago Ferreira Bartholomei
Guilherme Francisco Gomes, Eduardo Aimore Bonin, Rafael William Noda, Thiago Ferreira Bartholomei, Endoscopy Unit, Nossa Senhora das Graças Hospital, Curitiba 81830, Brazil
Leandro Totti Cavazzola, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre 91740, Brazil
Author contributions: Gomes GF, Bonin EA and Bartholomei TF acquired the data and wrote and revised the manuscript; Noda RW and Cavazzola LT contributed to writing and revising the manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Guilherme Francisco Gomes, MD, Endoscopy Unit, Nossa Senhora das Graças Hospital, Rua Mon Ivo Zanlorenzi, 1850 CEP 81210000, Curitiba 81830, Brazil.
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Received: April 27, 2016
Peer-review started: April 27, 2016
First decision: June 12, 2016
Revised: July 13, 2016
Accepted: August 27, 2016
Article in press: August 29, 2016
Published online: October 16, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Meckel’s diverticulum (MD) is estimated to affect 1%-2% of the general population and has 4%-6% risk of causing symptoms during a lifetime. In adults, it may cause occult massive bleeding and the preoperative detection rate is low; patients with undiagnosed MD ultimately undergo exploratory laparoscopy. More recently, however, endoscopic identification of MD has been possible with the use of balloon-assisted enteroscopy via direct luminal access, providing visualization of the diverticular ostium. We report here the use of double-balloon enteroscopy for diagnosing 4 adults with symptomatic MD who had negative diagnostic imaging workup.