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Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy helps doctors see inside your small intestine - an area that isn’t easily reached with conventional endoscopy. Capsule endoscopy can be used by adults and by children who can swallow the capsule.

Capsule Endoscopy is a test that examines the lining of the middle part of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the three portions of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileum). A pill sized video camera is given to swallow. This camera has its own light source and takes pictures of the patients small intestine as it passes through. These pictures are sent to a small recording device that the patient has to wear.

You can generally go about your normal activities while the camera pill passes through your digestive tract. You may be asked to avoid repetitive movements that could disrupt the recorder.Capsule endoscopy can be done with a camera
that takes pictures for eight hours or 12 hours. Your doctor will tell you which type of capsule endoscopy you are having, and when you can resume eating and drinking.

The procedure is complete after eight or 12 hours or when you see the camera capsule in the toilet after a bowel movement. The most common reason for doing capsule endoscopy is to search for a cause of bleeding from the small intestine. It may also be useful for detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), ulcers, and tumors of the small intestine.

Capsule endoscopy is generally a safe procedure that carries few risks for adults or for children who are able to swallow the capsule. In most cases, the capsule leaves your body when you have a bowel movement later in the day or within several days. It does not need to be retrieved.

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