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Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2010 Dec;39(4):807-26. doi: 10.1016/j.gtc.2010.08.026.

Video capsule endoscopy: what is the future?

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  • 1Department of Hepato-Gastroenterology, Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, 808 Route de Lennik, Brussels 1070, Belgium.


Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) that was launched 10 years ago has become a first-line procedure for examining the small bowel, especially in the case of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding. Other major indications include Crohn disease (CD), celiac disease, and intestinal polyposis syndrome. In the case of small bowel diseases, the use of VCE must be integrated in a global diagnostic and therapeutic approach. More recently, wireless endoscopy has been adapted for examining the colon, opening up larger perspectives for colorectal cancer screening or colon examination. Technologic modifications of the second-generation colon capsule increase the sensitivity of this method for detecting polyps. Other new developments, including remote magnetic manipulation, power management, drug delivery capsule, microbiopsy capsule, and adaptation of technologies such as chromoendoscopy, are sure to enhance the capabilities of wireless endoscopy in gastrointestinal disorders.

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