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Capsule endoscopy for the evaluation of patients with chronic abdominal pain.
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PMID:  12929066     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Chronic abdominal pain is a common complaint and in many patients even an extensive work-up does not reveal the cause for the pain. Given Imaging wireless capsule endoscopy is a new method for visualization of the entire small bowel. The aim of our study was to determine the role of capsule endoscopy in the evaluation of patients with unexplained chronic abdominal pain. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 20 patients with chronic abdominal pain of 6 - 96 months' duration were enrolled in the study. They had had an extensive diagnostic work-up which was negative. Capsule endoscopy was performed in all patients. RESULTS: Imaging of the small intestine was excellent and the colon was reached in 16 patients. In 14 patients the study was completely normal; in six patients the procedure revealed findings which were considered to be clinically insignificant. All patients tolerated the capsule well and had no adverse effects. CONCLUSION: Capsule endoscopy did not seem to have any significant clinical value in the evaluation of our patients with obscure chronic abdominal pain.
E Bardan; M Nadler; Y Chowers; H Fidder; S Bar-Meir
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Endoscopy     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0013-726X     ISO Abbreviation:  Endoscopy     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-20     Completed Date:  2003-12-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0215166     Medline TA:  Endoscopy     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  688-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gastroenterology, Chaim Sheba Medical Center and Tel-Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Pain / etiology*,  pathology*
Capsules / diagnostic use*
Chronic Disease
Endoscopy, Digestive System / instrumentation*,  methods*
Gastrointestinal Transit
Middle Aged
Reproducibility of Results
Sensitivity and Specificity
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