Review: Capsule endoscopy has high yield for small bowel findings in obscure gastrointestinal bleeding

May 2006
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2006, Vol. 144 Issue 3, p76
Academic Journal
The article presents a meta-analysis of the yield of capsule endoscopy compared to other diagnostic modalities in patients with obscure gastrointestinal bleeding. It was found that the yield was higher for capsule endoscopy than for small bowel magnetic resonance imaging. Compared with push enteroscopy, capsule endoscopy had a higher yield for identifying certain types of lesions. Thus, it was concluded that capsule endoscopy is superior to push enteroscopy and small bowel barium radiography for identifying diagnostic abnormalities in patients with obscure gastrointestinal bleeding.


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