Capsule endoscopy provides a minimally invasive examination of the entire small bowel.
However, some children and disabled adults may be unable to independently ingest the capsule.
Dr Fox and colleagues in Boston, Massachusetts investigated a new method for endoscopic placement of the capsule endoscope.
The researchers selected consecutive children who required capsule endoscopy of the small bowel and who were unable to independently ingest the capsule for endoscopic placement.
|Placement of a capsule endoscope in the duodenum without complication occurred in 11 pediatric patients|
The research team used a net retrieval catheter and a translucent ligation adaptor to hold and stabilize alignment of the capsule during endoscopic insertion into the distal duodenum.
The researchers oversaw successful endoscopic placement of a capsule endoscope in the duodenum without complication in a total of 11 pediatric patients.
1 capsule migrated back into the stomach, where it remained for the life of the battery.
Dr Fox concluded, "Endoscopic placement of the capsule endoscope by using the described technique appears to be effective and safe."
"It facilitates capsule endoscopy in patients who are unable to independently ingest the capsule."