Capsule endoscopy and enteroscopy: Modern modalities to investigate the small bowel in paediatrics

Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK.
Archives of Disease in Childhood (Impact Factor: 2.9). 03/2008; 93(2):154-9. DOI: 10.1136/adc.2007.125369
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Historically the small bowel has been considered a technically difficult area to examine because of its length (3-5 metres), location and tortuosity. Capsule endoscopy and enteroscopy have revolutionised the investigation pathway of the small bowel in adults. They are now developing increasingly important roles as modalities of investigation in paediatrics. This review appraises the current literature to define the clinical indications and practical aspects of capsule endoscopy and enteroscopy that are of interest to the clinician.

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    • "Furthermore, although most images are of good quality, they are still not comparable to the view achieved at conventional endoscopy with air insufflation. In addition, CE can be complicated by retention of the capsule, which precludes its use in patients with suspected obstruction or strictures [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]. "
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