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Single balloon enteroscopy

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Single balloon enteroscopy (SBE) is a procedure used to diagnose and evaluate the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, and ileum) with a small camera inserted down the throat with the assistance of an overture/balloon system. The procedure is completely painless because the patient is given a sedative and pain medications to ensure comfort. A mouthguard is inserted to protect the teeth and the endoscope during the procedure and a local anesthetic is sprayed into the mouth to suppress the cough or gag reflex whilst inserting the endoscope.