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When should you avoid a video capsule endoscopy for Crohn's disease?

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  • While video endoscopy can provide valuable information, there are times when it may be best to avoid it: If you have an obstruction in the small intestine, the capsule could get stuck and make the obstruction worse.
  • If you have a narrowing in the small intestine, such as from Crohn's disease, previous surgery, or previous radiation therapy, the capsule might become stuck.
  • Some doctors worry that wireless transmissions from the capsule might interfere with implanted cardiac pacemakers or defibrillators.

From: Diagnosing Crohn's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Diagnosing Crohn's Disease."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Reuters Health: "Capsule endoscopy may miss post-op recurrence of Crohn's disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Diagnosing Crohn's Disease."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Reuters Health: "Capsule endoscopy may miss post-op recurrence of Crohn's disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

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