A Primer In Capsule Endoscopy

Topic: Endoscopy

Author: Uwe Seitz
Editor: Bjorn Rembacken
Release date: October 2015, reviewed/updated September 2020
This course was developed by UEG 

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About this online course

Capsule endoscopy (also known as wireless capsule endoscopy or video capsule endoscopy) allows visualisation of the entire small intestine. The procedure has gained popularity because it is not invasive in the same way as traditional endoscopy and it is generally safe and well tolerated. Common indications for the use of capsule endoscopy include occult bleeding and iron-deficiency anaemia, among others.

This online course aims to provide a full introduction to capsule endoscopy, capsule reporting software and the potential complications that may be encountered. Eight cases are used to illustrate the role of capsule endoscopy.  The course is based on a presentation (with 35 accompanying slides) given by Uwe Seitz as part of a practical skills training session recorded in June 2015 at the United European Gastroenterology Summer School in Prague, Czech Republic.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the basics of how to use capsule reporting software.
  • Know how to deal with the most common complications of capsule endoscopy.
  • Be aware of the most common indications for capsule endoscopy.
  • Understand the common pathologies encountered at capsule endoscopy.
  • Be aware of further investigations that may be recommended following the identification of small-bowel lesions.
  • Appreciate the need for a thorough knowledge of the patient’s history when interpreting capsule findings.
  • Know the role of capsule endoscopy in the investigation of patients with iron-deficiency anaemia of unknown origin (both obscure occult bleeding and overt occult bleeding).
  • Understand the interface between capsule endoscopy and upper digestive endoscopy and enteroscopy.

Target audience

Accredited Gastroenterologists, Gastroenterologists in training, Radiologists and GI surgeons.