Capsule Endoscopy

A procedure used to look at the inside of the intestines and other parts of the digestive tract. The patient swallows a capsule about the size of a large pill.

Q & A

CAN PEDIATRIC PATIENTS GO THROUGH THE CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY PROCEDURE?

Pediatric patients as young as 10 years of age may go through the procedure.

WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS TO UNDERGO THE CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY PROCEDURE?

Capsule endoscopy procedure is contraindicated in patient with Gastrointestinal Obstruction, and patient with Difficulty swallowing pills.

WHAT IS THE CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY?

It is an FDA approved procedure

The capsule endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the middle part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the three portions of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, and ileum). It gives your doctor a picture of the inside of your digestive system where taking pictures of the entire small intestine over 12 hours which cannot be seen through x ray or reached with more traditional endoscopy procedure.

Gastroenterologist will use the images from this test to look for defects in your small bowel, such as:

  • Bleeding

  • Polyps

  • Tumors

  • Celiac disease

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Erosions (superficial ulcers)

  • Anemia or Iron deficiency

  • Occult blood positive with gastroscopy and colonoscopy normal

  • Other suspected small bowel diseases.

It also used to check the progress after treatment for these health problems. If doctor sees a problem on capsule endoscopy, it may need to have some other test to confirm or treat the health issue.

A capsule endoscopy camera sits inside a vitamin-size capsule you swallow and it is easy digestible.

The Capsule endoscopy is dedicated to the vision of the small intestine, taking pictures for 12 hours before leaving the body naturally with feces.

The capsule endoscopy helps the doctor to see and diagnose diseases of the bowel, small intestine, and colon diseases.

The capsule endoscopy is easy endurance by the patient.

The patient can exercise his natural life activity; wear a waist belt with a device to record all images and data received through a wireless camera located within the capsule at the same time.

All daily activities are allowed except hard ones (daily activities include walking, sitting and driving a car … etc.)