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Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy


  • Small bowel capsule endoscopy is a procedure to take pictures of the inside of your small intestine (bowel). Your small bowel connects to your stomach on one end, and your large bowel (colon) on the other. Partly digested food enters your small bowel from your stomach. Your small bowel takes the nutrition out of the food to be used by your body. A capsule endoscopy is done by swallowing a pill size camera. The capsule moves through your stomach and into your small bowel, where pictures are taken.
    Anatomy of Small Intestine
  • You may need a small bowel capsule endoscopy if you have symptoms, such as blood in your bowel movements (BMs). Symptoms may also include chronic (long-term) stomach pain and diarrhea (liquid BMs). The pictures may show if you have growths, swelling, and bleeding areas in your small bowel. A capsule endoscopy may show if diseases such as Crohn's or celiac disease are causing your symptoms. Having a small bowel capsule endoscopy may help you and your caregiver learn the cause of your symptoms. Learning what is causing your symptoms may allow you to receive needed treatment and prevent further problems.


Take your medicine as directed:

Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Ask for information about where and when to go for follow-up visits:

For continuing care, treatments, or home services, ask for more information.


  • You begin to vomit (throw up).
  • You have a fever.
  • Your symptoms, such as diarrhea or stomach pain, get worse.
  • You have any questions about your treatment or care.


  • You see new, or more blood in your BMs, or your bowel movements look like black tar.
  • You do not pass the capsule out in a BM within two full days after your procedure.
  • Your stomach is swollen and feels hard and sore.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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