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Reasons for Procedure
- Obstruction in the small intestine
- Inflammatory bowel disease such asCrohn’s disease
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Changes that have happened due to surgery such as scar tissue
- Allergic reaction to the contrast dye—a chemical used to make images clearer
- Injury to the small intestines
- Treatment with certain medications such as aspirin or other blood-thinning medications
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do a physical exam
- Ask about your medical history, symptoms, and any medications that you take
- Ask you to stop taking certain medications before the test
- Follow a clear-liquid diet (such as, water, tea, clear broth) the day before the enteroclysis.
- Take a laxative the night before.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight.
Give yourself an enema to clear stool from the intestines.
- Note : Be sure to tell your doctor if you are constipated. It’s important that your intestines are clear of stool.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Arrange for a ride home.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
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- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Severe abdominal pain
- Inability to pass gas or stool
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy http://www.asge.org
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
Canadian Association of Radiologists http://www.car.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Adult small bowel via enteroclysis tube. OSF Saint Francis Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.osfsaintfrancis.org/services/OutpatientServices/DiagnosticServices/Diagnostic-Services-PDFs/diagnostic-radiology/Small-Bowel-Via-Enteroclysis-Tube.pdf. Accessed September 23, 2014.
Enteroclysis. Lahey Clinic website. Available at: https://www.lahey.org/Departments%5Fand%5FLocations/Departments/Radiology/Fluoroscopy/Enteroclysis.aspx. Accessed September 23 ,2014.
Enteroclysis. United Hospital Center website. Available at: http://www.uhcwv.org/diagnostic-detail.php?dia%5Fid=14. Accessed September 23, 2014.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014
- Update Date: 09/23/2014