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Am Surg. 2005 May;71(5):455-8.

A new complication from a new technology: what a general surgeon should know about wireless capsule endoscopy.

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Department of Surgery, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0293, USA.


Wireless capsule endoscopy has revolutionized the diagnostic evaluation of the small intestine and is increasingly used by gastroenterologists. However, complications can occur with this seemingly safe procedure. We report two cases of Crohn's disease in which capsule endoscopy was performed with retention of the capsules. Both patients were taken to the operating room electively after careful preoperative planning to address both the surgical aspect of Crohn's disease and the retained capsule. We reviewed the literature on the use of wireless capsule endoscopy in patients with Crohn's disease and discuss the approach to a new surgical complication.

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