Capsule Endoscopy: Indications, Findings and Complications among Patients
with Suspected Small Bowel Lesions
Until a few years back, evaluation of small bowel pathology was unsatisfactory because of the inability to completely visualize the small bowel mucosa with the available
endoscopic and radiological techniques.
Since the advent of capsule endoscopy at the beginning of the millennium it became the gold standard for the diagnosis of most diseases of the
At present capsule endoscopy still have some limitations; it lacks the ability to
obtain tissue biopsy or provide endoscopic treatment and cannot be controlled remotely.
But the near future foreshadows capsules that can perform drug delivery and tissue sampling. Although, capsule endoscopy is considered a simple, safe, and a non-invasive reliable technique,
retention of the capsule is the main complication of the procedure.
This study was conducted to assess the indications, findings, and complications of CE among patients with suspected small bowel lesions.
It also studies the effect of small bowel transit time on the diagnostic yield of the capsular endoscopy and the effect of gastric transit time on complete small bowel examination.
A total of 119 patients with suspected small bowel disease received CE examination at the department of gastroenterology of Ibn-sina and Fedail Hospitals in Sudan, during the period from
January 2010 to June 2011.
Gastro Open J. 2015; 1(4): 100-106. doi: 10.17140/GOJ-1-117