Journal Article

Use of video capsule endoscopy in a patient with an implantable cardiac defibrillator

Gemma Pelargonio, Antonio Dello Russo, Manuela Pace, Michela Casella, Giuseppina Lecca, Maria Elena Riccioni and Fulvio Bellocci

in EP Europace

Published on behalf of European Heart Rhythm Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Volume 8, issue 12, pages 1062-1063
Published in print December 2006 | ISSN: 1099-5129
Published online November 2006 | e-ISSN: 1532-2092 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/europace/eul116
Use of video capsule endoscopy in a patient with an implantable cardiac defibrillator

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Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is a useful diagnostic tool in patients with unknown blood loss, particularly when there is a high suspicion of small bowel disease, but because of its use of radio frequency, it is relatively contraindicated in patients with a cardiac device. We report the case of a patient with an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) who underwent VCE because of anaemia and previous surgery for colorectal cancer. Device interrogations were performed before and after the procedure. No interference between VCE and ICD was found. VCE is feasible and relatively safe in patients with ICDs.

Keywords: Defibrillator; Video capsule endoscopy; Interferences

Journal Article.  946 words. 

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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