video capsule endoscopy

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(VCE) an investigation for visualizing the intestinal lining (mucosa). A small capsule containing a miniature digital video camera is swallowed by the patient and then moves along in the intestine passively with peristalsis. Various capsules are available for investigation of oesophageal, small-intestinal, and colonic disorders. The commonest in use is the small-intestinal capsule, for investigation of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, recurrent iron-deficiency anaemia, suspected Crohn’s disease or coeliac disease, and suspected small-intestinal tumours.

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