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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a PillCam capsule endoscopy?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a PillCam capsule endoscopy?

Direct vision vs. TV: In colonoscopy a scope is passed retrograde up the colon after cleansing with a bowel prep. Air inflation dilates the bowel to aid visualization. With the pill camera, the pill or capsule is swallowed and as it passes the pylorus to the small bowel, a TV image is transmitted to a camera and the passage of the pill is video copied to review any findings and visualize any small bowel lesions. ...Read more

Dr. Vitaly Fishbein
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Capsule Endoscopy (Definition)

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 parts of the small bowel that cannot be readily seen with standard endoscopes (upper or lower). Your doctor may want to detect a source of inflammation or bleeding that would not otherwise be seen. Images are sent to a ...Read more


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Can a capsule endoscopy replace an upper endoscopy &colonoscopy for a 3 year old? Is the same prep required for the capsule endoscopy?

Can a capsule endoscopy replace an upper endoscopy &colonoscopy for a 3 year old? Is the same prep required for the capsule endoscopy?

Possibly: If you are at an academic center working with pediatric GI and radiology specialists, this can be a great alternative if you just need to look. If they think biopsies are going to be needed, then won't work. And, unfortunately, you do need pretty much the same cleanout so you can get good images form the camera and be able to see what is really going on. Child also has to be able to swallow camera ...Read more

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Preventing Colorectal Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Get your 1st colonoscopy at age 50, or earlier if there's a family history of colon cancer. ...See more

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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?

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 ...Read more

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

Bleeding.: Agents that cause inflammation of the gut, eg aspirin, anti-inflamatory drugs, alcohol, endocrine disease-addisons disease and cushings disease; parasites, stomach acid or gall bladder reflux into the esophagus; (rare) tumors of the small bowel including acid secreting tumors. Are you iron deficient from bleeding or nonabsorption? ...Read more

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Preventing Colorectal Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Colonoscopy preparation: arrange for an escort to take you back home after the procedure. ...See more

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Will capsule endoscopy identify cause of ulcers in terminal ileum seen in colonoscopy. Biopsy confirmed focal ileitis with superficial erosion?

Capsule endoscopy is: For small bowel evaluation where upper or lower endoscopy can't reach. It may give you information regarding the rest of small bowel. Its usually done to look for small bowel lesions or to find the source of a bleed where egd/colonoscopy is negative. In your case the better test is mr enetrography or a ct abd/pel with volumen contrast. Your GI doc should decide on further testing. ...Read more

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Preventing Colorectal Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Colonoscopy; high fiber, healthy diet; regular screening. ...See more

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Male, 55, having severe pain in lower abdomen after passing hard stool. Pain lasts for hours. Nothing wrong in colonoscopy, endoscopy, capsule endoscopy?

Male, 55, having severe pain in lower abdomen after passing hard stool. Pain lasts for hours. Nothing wrong in colonoscopy, endoscopy, capsule endoscopy?

?spastic colon: Your intestines could be spasming after passing hard stool.Ibs aka irritable bowel syndrome can cause cramping in the lower abdomen. It can be severe. Review your fiber intake and make dietary changes. Review your GI hygiene. Are you resisting the urge to go when your body gives you the cue? Go back to your dr and review the changes you made and if you are still experiencing pain there are meds. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more