This information has been produced to provide you with details about Capsule Endoscopy and aims to answer any questions that you may have. Please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff if you have any further questions or concerns.
What is Capsule Endoscopy?
Capsule Endoscopy enables your doctor to examine your entire small intestine. Your doctor will ask you to swallow a vitamin-pill sized video capsule which has its own camera and light source. During the 8 hour examination you will be free to move around. While the video capsule moves through your body it sends images to a data recorder that you will wear on a waist belt.
Most patients find the test comfortable. Afterwards your doctor will view the images on a video monitor.
What are the risks of Capsule Endoscopy?
Although complications may occur, they are rare. The capsule passes through your body and is eliminated in the usual way. If it does not pass, it is important to recognise the early signs of possible complications. If you have a fever, trouble swallowing or increasing chest or abdominal pain within five days after the test, tell your GP or hospital doctor immediately.
What are the benefits of Capsule Endoscopy?
The capsule is used to investigate anaemia and obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, usually when other methods have failed (gastroscopy, colonoscopy and enteroscopy). It can also be used to investigate chronic abdominal pain and diarrhoea. In certain chronic gastrointestinal diseases this method can also help to evaluate how your small intestine is involved or monitor the effect of treatment.