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What is Capsule Endoscopy?
Capsule Endoscopy is a procedure that examines the small bowel part of your gastrointestinal tract. Typically, most upper endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures do not examine the small intestine. A small camera in a capsule about the size of a vitamin pill is swallowed. The capsule has a lens and light source, and images from the capsule are recorded and are viewed later on a video monitor. Capsule Endoscopy is mainly performed to find if there is a bleeding area in the small bowel, but it is also used to evaluate for Crohn's disease, ulcers, tumors, polyps and other digestive problems.
Preparation For The Procedure
Tell your doctor if you have a pacemaker or history of a swallowing disorder, bowel obstruction, or inflammatory bowel disease.
Capsule Endoscopy Procedure
A Capsule Endoscopy trained Registered Nurse will review your medical history with you.
NOTE: It is normal for the battery pack to feel warm.
After Capsule Endoscopy
A specially trained physician will review your Capsule Endoscopy examine. You should receive a report in 1 - 2 weeks. The capsule passes out with a bowel movement. It is disposable, so do not retrieve it if you do see it. Let your doctor know if you have any problems that may include pain, unusual bloating, vomiting, fever, chest pain or difficulty swallowing during or after the exam. Patients who have this test are advised not to have an MRI within 30 days.
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