The mesenteric small intestine is the last frontier of the alimentary tract that has not been conquered by endoscopy. This is because of the relatively slow progress of advances in conventional enteroscopy. Though WCE is a very new technology to evaluate small bowel disease, preliminary evidence suggests that it has a high diagnostic yield compared with conventional radiologic methods of small bowel investigation. This is particularly true when the traditional SBFT is the radiologic test. However, further studies with larger number of patients and higher quality radiographic studies are needed before we can be certain that WCE is the gold standard for diagnosis of small bowel disease in patients with occult GI bleeding, unexplained anemia, and early Crohn's disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Jan 2004|
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