Colon capsule endoscopy: Advantages, limitations and expectations. Which novelties?

Me Riccioni, Riccardo Urgesi, Rossella Cianci, Alessandra Bizzotto, Cristiano Spada, Guido Costamagna

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Since the first reports almost ten years ago, wireless capsule endoscopy has gained new fields of application. Colon capsule endoscopy represents a new diagnostic technology for colonic exploration. Clinical trials have shown that colon capsule endoscopy is feasible, accurate and safe in patients suffering from colonic diseases and might be a valid alternative to conventional colonoscopy in selected cases such as patients refusing conventional colonoscopy or with contraindications to colonoscopy or when colonoscopy is incomplete. Despite the enthusiasm surrounding this new technique, few clinical and randomized controlled trials are to be found in the current literature, leading to heterogeneous or controversial results. Upcoming studies are needed to prove the substantial utility of colon capsule endoscopy for colon cancer screening, especially in a low prevalence of disease population, and for other indications such as inflammatory bowel disease. Possible perspectives are critically analysed and reported in this paper.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)99-107
Numero di pagine9
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012


  • endoscopy


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