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Doctor insights on: Disadvantages Of Capsule Endoscopy

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What is capsule endoscopy?

What is capsule endoscopy?

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 small monitor that is worn by your side for 8-12 hours that is then connected to a computer after your return for your physician to look at the images. The capsule is one-time use only and does not need to be retrieved. ...Read more

Dr. Haleh Vaziri
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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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How safe is a capsule endoscopy?

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 would require surgery to get it out. If you don't have a history of bowel obstructions, crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, the risk of the pill getting stuck is very close to zero. ...Read more

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How do I prepare for capsule endoscopy?

Laxatives: You need to take laxatives as directed by your referring doctor. Usually it is a similar preparation than the colonoscopy prep (miralax, golytely, (polyethylene glycol) nulytely, halflytely, etc). ...Read more

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How do I prepare for that capsule endoscopy?

How do I prepare for that capsule endoscopy?

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 that the small intestine is clean.

Some physician do a full colonscopy prep the night before, but I find my prep works very well. ...Read more

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Where do you have to shave for capsule endoscopy?

Where do you have to shave for capsule endoscopy?

Stomach: It helps the pads stay on better. You can go to youtube to see the video the capsule being set up. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a capsule endoscopy?

How common is it for someone to need a capsule endoscopy?

Sometimes: Capsule endoscopy is very useful to help diagnose causes for anemia, small intestinal polyps, or inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: capsule endoscopy?

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 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 computer chip and reviewed. ...Read more

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Is capsule endoscopy available on medicare?

Is capsule endoscopy available on medicare?

Yes/no: It is not available as an inpatient, but is covered for certain diagnoses as an outpatient. ...Read more

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What are the risks involved in capsule endoscopy?

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 intestinal tract. Therefore if you have a history of intestinal obstruction this test should be avoided. ...Read more

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Can a capsule endoscopy be performed instead of an upper endoscopy?

Sometimes: It depends on what the goal of the procedure is. The capsule endoscopy shows different views of mucosa than a scope does. It is able to look deeper into the intestines, but it does not give as good a view of the upper portion of the digestive tract. You should ask your doctor if it is appropriate. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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Do I need to return to hospital day after "capsule endoscopy"?

Return device: You need to return the recording device that you wear on your waist (some places ask you to return the same afternoon, or the following day). ...Read more

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Why can't you take iron pills when you are getting a capsule endoscopy?

Color: Mainly because it changes the color of your intestinal secretions and stool. It also causes constipation. Therefore it may preclude you to have an optimal examination. Most patients getting a capsule endoscopy have anemia, however stopping it for a few days prior to the test is ok and recommended. ...Read more

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Anyone knows what is the cost of entering clinical trial for capsule endoscopy?

O: Most clinical trials provide all testing and treatments at no cost to the participants. Thanks for helping science progress. ...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?

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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Clinical picture &Capsule endoscopy highly suggests coeliac sprue. (Mosaicing, scalloping etc) yet tTg neg., HLA DQ2/DQ8 NEGATIVE. Still CD possible?

Not typical: You may have another disease which causes inflammation in your small bowel from another mechanism given the negative IgA tTG (provided that you were not avoiding gluten at the time of the test) and DQ2/DQ8. Perhaps a biopsy is in order. Has gluten avoidance helped? ...Read more

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Do I need to take bowel prep for a capsule endoscopy?

Do I need to take bowel prep for a capsule endoscopy?

Yes for best results: Best results are obtained by swallowing the capsule after good bowel prep. It has minute digital camera, which takes pictures when passing through the small bowel, well prepared gut will give best accurate pictures of pathology (diseased area) than unprepared bowel. ...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 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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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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I had a capsule endoscopy that was clear. In April & Aug 18th I had mild bowel obstructions in the sm intestines. Could the camera miss any adhesions?

I had a capsule endoscopy that was clear. In April & Aug 18th I had mild bowel obstructions in the sm intestines. Could the camera miss any adhesions?

YES, not intended: Capsule endoscopy will detect pathology (disease) inside the lumen of bowel like bleeding, tumors etc It can not visualize the adhesions as they are outer surface of bowel, but laparoscopic examination will. Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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For Adult Small bowel transient intussusception, is Surgical exploration is more effective or Capsule Endoscopy? No obvious obstruction in CT

Barium enems: Capsule endoscopy is contraindicated and not allowed if intessessuption is suspected. They will try to reduced it by using barium enema pressure with a good success or surgery which could be done lapsrosopically ...Read 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

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M, 55, severe abdominal pain after passing hard stool. Pain lasts for hours. Nothing wrong found in colonoscopy, endosc., capsule endoscopy or CT scan?

M, 55, severe abdominal pain after passing hard stool. Pain lasts for hours. Nothing wrong found in colonoscopy, endosc., capsule endoscopy or CT scan?

Stay soft regular: Your answer is in your question hard stool your main goal should be how I can change that
drink more water and less soda
eat more fibers
eat less red meat and fat and more fruit and vegetables
exercise regularly at least walking every day either after super or early in the morning depend on your work schedule it is easier now with more day light
finally take stool softener
stay soft and regular. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more