Enteroclysis in the evaluation of suspected small intestinal bleeding

Gastroenterology. 1989 Jul;97(1):58-60. doi: 10.1016/0016-5085(89)91415-7.


One hundred twenty-five consecutive enteroclysis studies performed for the indication of gastrointestinal bleeding were reviewed. The overall yield of positive studies was low (10%) but important lesions were found. Patients with unequivocally normal evaluations of the upper gastrointestinal tract and colon had the highest yield of positive enteroclysis studies (20%). Neither the specific type of bleeding, the presence or absence of abdominal symptoms or physical examination findings, nor the results of laboratory tests were associated with a positive or negative enteroclysis study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Angiography
  • Barium Sulfate
  • Endoscopy / methods
  • Enema / methods*
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / diagnosis
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging*
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Diseases / complications
  • Intestinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Methylcellulose
  • Radionuclide Imaging


  • Barium Sulfate
  • Methylcellulose