Diarrhea and malabsorption syndromes: clinical overview
A high score of correct enteroscopic diagnoses corresponding to an appropriate selection of patients
Optimal use of the possibilities offered by enteroscopy, i.e., samples for a complementary immunohistochemical examination, fluid for bacterial counts
Good patient compliance with regard to further enteroscopies
A worthwhile cost/benefit ratio as a result of fulfilling the above conditions and avoiding multiple, expensive biological tests and functional examinations that are less sensitive or less specific than the endoscopic examination itself. As yet, the cost/benefit ratio is unknown, because of the relative rarity of indications and the lack of multicentric studies.
KeywordsCeliac Disease Chronic Diarrhea Malabsorption Syndrome Collagen Colitis Blind Loop
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