Capsule Endoscopy Periprocedural Care

Updated: Dec 04, 2015
  • Author: Ruben Peralta, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Periprocedural Care

Patient Preparation

Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is noninvasive, is well tolerated by patients, [54] requires no anesthesia or sedation, and allows patients to remain ambulatory during evaluation. Minimal preparation is required [17] ; abdominal plain films should be obtained beforehand if stricture or obstruction is suspected. [11, 35] Although capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic modality and therefore does not allow therapeutic interventions, it may be used to plan definitive surgical treatment in some conditions (eg, certain cases of occult gastrointestinal bleeding). [17]