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Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Mar;13(1):1-6. Korean.
Published online March 31, 2010.
Copyright © 2010 The Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Capsule Endoscopy in Children
Jae Sung Ko, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Responsible author (Email: )
Received February 08, 2010; Accepted March 04, 2010.


The small bowel is the most difficult intestinal segment to examine. Radiologic tests are mostly insensitive and double-balloon enteroscopy is unsuitable for the younger child. Capsule endoscopy is a novel wireless method of investigation of the small bowel. The primary indications for capsule endoscopy include evaluation of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, small bowel Crohn's disease, and polyposis syndromes. Capsule endoscopy offers an accurate and effective means of investigating the small bowel in children. Capsule retention is a potential complication of capsule endoscopy. This review provides the indications, safety, and limitations of wireless capsule endoscopy in children.

Keywords: Capsule endoscopy; Child; Small intestine


Fig. 1
Capsule endoscopic findings in a child with suspected Crohn's disease show an ulcer and stricture in the ileum.
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Fig. 2
Capsule endoscopic findings in a child with Peutz-Jeghers syndrome show multiple polyps in the small bowel.
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