endoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine your small intestine
for sources of bleeding. It may be especially helpful for diagnosing
For this procedure, you swallow a
capsule that is less than an inch long (about 23 millimeters). A technician attaches
sensors to your chest and connects them to a data recorder that you wear on a
belt around your waist. The capsule contains a tiny video camera. As the
capsule travels through your gastrointestinal tract, the camera takes pictures
and sends them to the data recorder. After 8 hours, the technician removes the
data recorder and looks at the pictures. The capsule passes out of your body in
the stool in a day or two.
Video capsule endoscopy is
becoming popular because it has several advantages over traditional
Video capsule endoscopy
is generally safe and well tolerated. But it should not be used if you are
known to have intestinal obstructions or narrowing (strictures) or abnormal
connections or openings between two organs or parts of the body (fistulas).
October 8, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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