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Reasons for Procedure
- Obstruction in the small intestine
- Inflammatory bowel disease (such as, Crohn’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 medicines (such as, aspirin or other blood-thinning drugs)
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do a physical exam
- Ask about your medical history, symptoms, and any medicines that you take
- Your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain medicine 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?
- Resume your normal diet.
- Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. This will help to flush the contrast dye out of your body.
- Resume medicines as instructed by your doctor.
- If you were given a sedative, avoid driving, operating machinery, or making important decisions for the rest of the day.
Call Your Doctor
- 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 Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Radiology for Patients http://www.radiologyinfo.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 August 30, 2012.
CT enteroclysis scan. St. Luke’s Hospital website. Available at: http://www.stlukescr.org/filesimages/Services/Imaging%20Services/CT/CT%20Enteroclysis%20Scan.pdf . Accessed August 30, 2012.
Enteroclysis. Lahey Clinic website. Available at: https://www.lahey.org/Departments%5Fand%5FLocations/Departments/Radiology/Fluoroscopy/Enteroclysis.aspx . Accessed August 30, 2012.
Enteroclysis. United Hospital Center website. Available at: http://www.uhcwv.org/diagnostic-detail.php?dia%5Fid=14 . Accessed August 30, 2012.
Enteroclysis (small bowel enema). Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website. Available at: http://www2.mskcc.org/patient%5Feducation/%5Fassets/downloads-english/456.pdf . Accessed August 30, 2012.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013