Clin Endosc.  2018 Jul;51(4):317-322. 10.5946/ce.2018.101.

Current and Future Use of Esophageal Capsule Endoscopy

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Eulji University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University Busan Paik Hospital, Busan, Korea. zep2000@hanafos.com

Abstract

Capsule endoscopy can be a diagnostic option for patients with esophageal diseases who cannot tolerate esophagogastroduodenoscopy.Functional modifications of the capsule allow for thorough examination of the esophagus. Esophageal capsule endoscopy has so farfailed to show sufficient performance to justify the replacement of traditional endoscopy for the diagnosis of esophageal diseasesbecause the esophagus has a short transit time and common pathologies appear near the esophagogastric junction. However,technological improvements are being introduced to overcome the limitations of capsule endoscopy, which is expected to become agood alternative to conventional endoscopy.

Keyword

Esophagus; Capsule endoscopy; Barrett's esophagus; Esophageal varices

MeSH Terms

Barrett Esophagus
Capsule Endoscopy*
Diagnosis
Endoscopy
Esophageal and Gastric Varices
Esophageal Diseases
Esophagogastric Junction
Esophagus
Humans
Pathology
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