Capsule Endoscopy (cont.)

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What type of diseases can be diagnosed with capsule endoscopy?

Capsule endoscopy continues to improve technically. It has revolutionized diagnosis by providing a sensitive (able to identify subtle abnormalities) and simple (non-invasive) means of examining the inside of the small intestine. Some common examples of small intestine diseases diagnosed by capsule endoscopy include:

  1. Angiodysplasias (collections of small blood vessels located just beneath the inner intestinal lining that can bleed intermittently and cause anemia)
  2. Small intestinal tumors such as lymphoma, carcinoid tumor, and small intestinal cancer
  3. Crohn's disease of the small intestine

Medically reviewed by Venkatachala Mohan, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Gastroenterology

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"Wireless video capsule endoscopy"
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/13/2014


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