Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy: Indications, Limitations and Diagnostic Yield

Authors

  • Nikos Viazis Evangelismos General Hospital of Athens

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2015/hc.v8i1.535

Keywords:

small bowel, capsule endoscopy, gastrointestinal bleeding, crohn’s disease

Abstract

Small bowel capsule endoscopy (CE) is a simple, safe, non-invasive, reliable technique, well accepted and tolerated by the patients, which allows complete exploration of the small intestine. The advent of CE in 2000 has dramatically changed the diagnosis and management of many diseases of the small intestine, such as obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, Crohn’s disease, small bowel tumors, polyposis syndromes, etc. CE has become the gold standard for the diagnosis of most diseases of the small bowel. Lately this technique has also been used for esophageal and colonic diseases. The review focuses on the indications, limitations and diagnostic yield of capsule endoscopy in the investigation of small bowel diseases.

Author Biography

Nikos Viazis, Evangelismos General Hospital of Athens

Gastroenterology

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2013-01-01

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