Last updated on August 2016

Initial Experience With a Novel Single-Balloon Enteroscopy System in Children With IBD


Brief description of study

To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the NaviAid™ AB in children with known or suspected IBD.

Detailed Study Description

In 15%-25% of diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) cases, disease manifestation begins before the age of 18. IBD primary includes Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Studies have shown that the current incidence of pediatric IBD ranges from 4-7 cases per 100,000, worldwide. Early and accurate diagnosis of IBD is important for correct prognosis, course of disease, therapeutic decisions and follow-up. Complete diagnostic work-up is key to proper diagnosis in patients.Early diagnosis of IBD and differentiation between UC and CD can be difficult in children. The major issues that face pediatric IBD today include accurate disease classification, unknown extent of disease, complete bowel visualization, inability to reach depth of findings, and biopsy retrieval for diagnostic work-up. The NaviAid™ AB device presents a new and unique concept that helps overcome these short comings of IBD diagnosis and treatment. Through repetitive inflation and deflation of the NaviAid™ AB, the endoscope can be swiftly advanced deep into the small bowel via the proximal or distal route, allowing for complete visualization of the small bowel and easy biopsy sampling for histopathology. As a result, subsequent diagnoses can influence proper action for further treatment and therapy for the patient. Although many studies have reported on the safety and efficacy of balloon enteroscopy in adults with IBD, further investigation of the value of balloon enteroscopy in pediatric patients with known or suspected IBD is still required. This is a single-center, non-randomized open-label study intended to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the NaviAid™ AB device during small bowel enteroscopy in children with known or suspected IBD.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02629211

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Efrat Broide

Assaf Harofeh Medical Center
Tzrifin, Israel
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