Scoping the Small Bowel in Patients with Crohn’s Disease

scopeIn up to 20 percent of patients with Crohn’s disease, the disease is isolated to an area of the small bowel that is out of reach of an upper endoscopy (a procedure where a scope is passed through the patient’s mouth and into the esophagus, stomach and upper part of the small intestine) or a colonoscopy (a procedure where a tube is inserted into the patient’s rectum and passed through the colon). This makes getting a proper diagnosis challenging. Without a correct diagnosis, we can’t know if we are treating the right disease.

We have made strides in imaging techniques that allow us to see a patient’s small bowel. During a capsule endoscopy the patients swallows a pill-sized camera. As the capsule passes through the patient’s body, Continue reading