Endoscopic Balloon Dilation Long-Term Benefits for Crohn’s Disease Strictures Needs Further Evaluation

Endoscopic Balloon Dilation Long-Term Benefits for Crohn’s Disease Strictures Needs Further Evaluation
In a recent review study entitled “Systematic review with meta-analysis: endoscopic balloon dilatation for Crohn's disease strictures”, researchers performed a systematic analysis to determine the overall efficacy of endoscopic balloon dilation as a treatment for Crohn's disease strictures. The study was published in the Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics journal. Crohn's disease is one of the most common types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and is estimated to affect 1.4 million Americans. The disease is characterized by inflammation of the intestinal tract (including mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus), and can cause a narrowing of the intestines called strictures, which, although they can be found anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract, are most common to occur in the last part of the small intestine and colon. One of the possible treatments for Crohn's disease strictures is endoscopic balloon dilation. Here, authors performed a systematic analysis of published studies to understand endoscopic balloon dilation overall efficacy, focusing on symptomatic (SR), technical response (TR) and adverse events (AE) of endoscopic balloon dilation. To this end, researchers searched COCHRANE, MEDLINE and EMBASE databases for original studies on Crohn's strictures patients’ outcomes for e
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