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A 51-year-old female asked:

I have iron def anaemia. colonoscopy result ok, fobt +ve for blood am waiting for capsule endoscopy result. what is pill camera able to diagnose?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Capsule endoscopy?: Capsule endoscopy (ce) can't be steered (yet) & can't take biopsies, but is amazingly useful in viewing the small bowel in real-time. As such, capsule endoscopy can find tumors, ulcers, bleeding sites, crohn's disease with great accuracy, and thus better direct treatment. Good luck--.
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
It is not possible: To scope most of the small bowel. The pill cam can take pictures during the transit through the bowel and identify a site of blood loss.
Dr. Nikhil Karanth
Gastroenterology 24 years experience
intestinal source: Capsule endoscopy can evaluate the entire small intestine for any ulcerations, tumors, etc. this is usually used when both upper and lower endoscopic evaluations reveal negative (normal) results

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A 51-year-old female asked:

I have iron def anaemia. Colonoscopy result ok, fobt +ve for blood am waiting for capsule endoscopy result. What may cause microscopic blood loss?

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A 51-year-old female asked:

I have iron def anaemia. Colonoscopy result ok, fobt +ve for blood am waiting for capsule endoscopy result. What maybe causes for microscopic bleeding?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Many possibilities: Anything from a big ulcer to several little ulcers (do you take oral painkillers?) to angiodysplasia of the colon (it's subtle) to a stomach tumor to reflux esophagitis to -- yes, hookworm still is out there. The fobt may be a red herring and blood loss may be in the urine. Your diet's iron-rich, correct? I hope you find the cause, and that it's something easy to treat.
Last updated Sep 26, 2016

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