Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy
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Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy

Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy allows for the examination of the lining of the middle part of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the three portions of the small intestine – duodenum, jejunum, and ileum. This part of the bowel cannot be reached by traditional upper endoscopy or by colonoscopy.

As part of the diagnosis, the patient will be given a pill-sized video camera to swallow. This camera has its own light source and takes pictures of the small intestine as it passes through. The pictures are sent to a small recording device worn on the body. The resulting images might be able to provide useful information regarding the small intestine. This procedure effectively searches for a cause of bleeding from the small intestine, and may also be useful for detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), ulcers, and tumors of the small intestine.

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