Crohn’s Disease ‘Scope Series’: Pill Capsule Endoscopy

Crohn’s Disease ‘Scope Series’: Pill Capsule Endoscopy
It Could Be Worse - A Column by Mary Horsley Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of columns by Mary Horsley about IBD-related procedures. Continuing with my "Scope Series" theme, the next procedure that I've undergone, and am discussing here, is what is called a "pill capsule endoscopy". The name itself gives you an idea of what this procedure entails: taking a pill that carries a little camera to take images, working much like a colonoscopy or endoscopy but without doctors or anesthesia. Unlike other endoscopies, this one can see from top to bottom:  the entire digestive system and potential areas of Crohn's inflammation. With some Crohn's disease patients, inflammation is inside the small bowel, and cannot be viewed in a colonoscopy or endoscopy alone. My Crohn's disease is small bowel specific, so I have had two of these capsule endoscopies — one for diagnosis and another for a disease progression check-up. Usually, when you arrive at your doctors' office, yo
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