The impact of panenteric capsule endoscopy on the management of Crohn's disease

Rami Eliakim*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory disease, in most patients involving the small and large bowel. In recent years, with the use of small bowel video capsule endoscopy (SBCE), it has become clear that in 50% or more of adults with established CD there is not only distal but also proximal small bowel involvement that suggests poor prognosis. A great deal of effort has been put into early diagnosis and stratification of patients into low versus high risk, thus directing treatment from step-up, or accelerated step-up, to top-down therapies. SBCE has been used for assessment of small bowel pathologies for over 15 years, mainly for occult gastrointestinal bleeding and suspected CD. In recent years, a colonic capsule, with cameras on both sides and a wider angle of view, has been developed and is used by some to survey both small and large bowel. Recently the same capsule, with adjustments, has been released in Europe, concentrating (with specialized software) on inflammatory bowel disease. In this review I summarize the new data regarding the use of SBCE as well as the small bowel colon (SBC) versions of capsule endoscopy in established CD and the ways these could alter the management of such patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-744
Number of pages8
JournalTherapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017


  • Crohn's disease
  • PillCam Colon2
  • PillCam Crohn's
  • colitis
  • video capsule endoscopy


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