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Capsule endoscopy in clinical practice: concise up-to-date overview

Authors Koulaouzidis A 

Published 11 November 2009 Volume 2009:2 Pages 111—116


Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Anastasios Koulaouzidis, Sarah Douglas

Centre for Liver and Digestive Disorders, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Abstract: Until recently, the small bowel was considered a ‘no man’s land’ as the imaging modalities available for its investigation were laborious, invasive, costly, or involve significant radiation exposure. Wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) has changed the field dramatically, over the last eight years. The established indications for small bowel WCE are obscure gastrointestinal bleed/anemia, Crohn’s disease, hereditary polyposis syndromes, and to a lesser extent, evaluation of side effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and coeliac disease. We herein present an overview of the capsule examination, which seems to be a quickly improving area.

Keywords: capsule, imaging, small bowel, Crohn’s, celiac, GI bleed

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