Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr.  2010 Mar;13(1):1-6. 10.5223/kjpgn.2010.13.1.1.

Capsule Endoscopy in Children

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. kojs@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

The small bowel is the most difficult intestinal segment to examine. Radiologic tests are mostly insensitive and double-balloon enteroscopy is unsuitable for the younger child. Capsule endoscopy is a novel wireless method of investigation of the small bowel. The primary indications for capsule endoscopy include evaluation of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, small bowel Crohn's disease, and polyposis syndromes. Capsule endoscopy offers an accurate and effective means of investigating the small bowel in children. Capsule retention is a potential complication of capsule endoscopy. This review provides the indications, safety, and limitations of wireless capsule endoscopy in children.

Keyword

Capsule endoscopy; Child; Small intestine
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