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Is a colonoscopy better than an endoscopy for taking biopsies of the small intestine?

You can approach the small intestine through either end, though it is more common to obtain biopsies through endoscopy than colonoscopy. As long as the biopsies are of the small intestine then they can be taken either way. Biopsies from the ileum obtained during a colonoscopy may show the villus blunting typical of celiac, but most often this is not the case. May, 2013