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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Small bowel test: It is a test that involves swallowing a small camera (the size of a multivitamin) that takes images of your small intestine. It sends the images to a ... Read More

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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Capsule endoscopy: Swallowing the capsule is safe and easy and it passes through your GI tract with no problems. If your physician thinks you have a loss of blood from y ... Read More
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Dr. Seth Bernard
30 years experience Family Medicine
Very safe.: This is a very low risk procedure.
Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Very safe: It is usually very safe. The only potential problem would be if you have a narrowing in your intestines, which can cause the pill to get stuck. You wo ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience Gastroenterology
Nothing to eat: Usually I have a prep not as extensive as a colonoscopy prep where you have nothing to eat 12 hours before and take 1 10 ounce bottle of citroma the n ... Read More
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Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Laxatives: You need to take laxatives as directed by your referring doctor. Usually it is a similar preparation than the colonoscopy prep (miralax, golytely, (po ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience Gastroenterology
Quick prep: Usually, I have patients take a 10 ounce bottle of magnesium citrate the night before and have nothing to eat or drink 12 hours before the capsule so ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience Gastroenterology
Stomach: It helps the pads stay on better. You can go to youtube to see the video the capsule being set up.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Depends on the reaso: Capsule endoscopy is a useful noninvasive procedure to look at the small intestine. The frequency of its use depends on the indication. The most commo ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Emami
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: It will probably be mixed in with your stool, but since it has higher density secondary to having a camera in it, I hope this helps
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyle Cologne
12 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Capsule Endoscopy: Capsule endoscopy uses a small fiberoptic camera inside of a pill to take pictures of the lining of your intestines. It is designed to evaluate the pa ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes/no: It is not available as an inpatient, but is covered for certain diagnoses as an outpatient.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Rare: capsule endoscopy is overall very safe, as it is a non-invasive procedure. However the main risk is having the capsule get stuck somewhere along the i ... Read More

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