Experience with capsule endoscopy diagnostic tool for the small intestine Utilidad de la cápsula endoscópica como método diagnóstico en el estudio de patología de intestino delgado

Sanhueza B. E.; Ibáñez P.; Quezada S.; Navarrete C.; Araya, R; Delgado, I; Jadue L.

Keywords: endoscopy, humans, diseases, human, male, intestine, aged, evaluation, adult, female, article, child, adolescent, young, small, enteropathy, studies, study, middle, and, Intestine,, Aged,, 80, over, Retrospective, Intestinal, capsule


Background: Wireless capsule endoscopy (CE) is a relatively new method to evaluate the small intestine. Aim: To evaluate the indications of CE in our center and assess whether specific indications are associated with best results during CE studies. Material and Methods: Retrospective analysis of 69 patients aged 9 to 85 years (36 males) subjected to a CE at our institution between April 2004 and October 2007. Results: The most common indications for CE were overt gastrointestinal bleeding in 43.5% of patients, iron deficiency anemia in 39.1%, suspicion of a small bowel tumor in 4.3%, chronic diarrhea in 4.3% and abdominal pain in 2.9%. CE was normal in 23.2% and was able to find lesions in 76.8% of the studies. Gastrointestinal bleeding, followed by iron deficiency anemia were the indications associated with the higher rates of positive findings during CE. Conclusions: Gastrointestinal bleeding and iron deficiency anemia were the indications that obtained the best diagnostic yield for CE.

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Título de la Revista: REVISTA MEDICA DE CHILE
Volumen: 138
Número: 3
Editorial: Sociedad Médica de Santiago
Fecha de publicación: 2010
Página de inicio: 303
Página final: 308
URL: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-77953647668&partnerID=q2rCbXpz