Capsule Endoscopy (cont.)
Dennis Lee, MD
Dr. Lee was born in Shanghai, China, and received his college and medical training in the United States. He is fluent in English and three Chinese dialects. He graduated with chemistry departmental honors from Harvey Mudd College. He was appointed president of AOA society at UCLA School of Medicine. He underwent internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
In this Article
- What is capsule endoscopy?
- What are the limitations of capsule endoscopy?
- What type of diseases can be diagnosed with capsule endoscopy?
- Find a local Gastroenterologist in your town
What type of diseases can be diagnosed with capsule endoscopy?
Capsule endoscopy continues to improve technically. It has revolutionized diagnosis by providing a sensitive (able to identify subtle abnormalities) and simple (non-invasive) means of examining the inside of the small intestine. Some common examples of small intestine diseases diagnosed by capsule endoscopy include:
- Angiodysplasias (collections of small blood vessels located just beneath
the inner intestinal lining that can bleed intermittently and cause anemia)
- Small intestinal tumors such as
carcinoid tumor, and
- Crohn's disease of the small intestine
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